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Brilliant, 16 Oct 2009
I bought this biography on the basis of the superb reviews it had recieved in the press without really knowing too much about Somerset Maugham. I was not disappointed, I can't recall reading a better biography ever and I have read many.
Maugham was a fascinating charcater hugely successful both critically and commercially as a writer of plays, short stories and novels in the first half of the twentieth centuary though he seems to have dropped of the radar in recent decades. He was gayer than a 1970's San Francican bathouse at a time when it was illegal, had a string of lovers, mainly male, but with time to fit in a marriage from hell and a spell as a secret agent for the British government.
This is a brilliantly told story of a fascinating man and life, it has that great quality of being both erudite and easy to read. Even if you have little interest in Somerset Maugham to start with you will thoughly enjoy the book as has all the readability of a great novel. Can't recommend it too highly.