Author of the historical novel Lonely Are the Brave (April 2023), Larry was named for a Shakespearean actor because of crossed paths during World War II and has been blending drama with history ever since he took up writing at age fifteen. His first book, The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World, was excerpted in the New York Times and won an award in the United Kingdom. The Rape of Belgium: The Untold Story of World War I resulted from his lifelong passion for that tragic era, which inspired Lonely Are the Brave, his fiction debut. He has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition with Renée Montagne, delivered a keynote address at the 2009 World Potato Congress in Christchurch, New Zealand, and was a historical consultant for Hot Potatoes, an award-winning PBS documentary. A former at-home parent to two sons, now grown—another inspiration for Lonely Are the Brave—he lives in Seattle. He has been a member of the Authors Guild since 1997.

Other Works

Awards and Recognition

  • The Potato won the André Simon Special Commendation Award, given annually in the UK to a book about food.