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The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by [Hastings, Selina]

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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'This steady-eyed biography of an extraordinary, extravagant, generous and bitter artist will not only fascinate its readers but encourage some to go to his work for the first time' (Times Literary Supplement, Jeremy Treglown)

'Hastings' Life of Maugham is pitch-perfect: supple, confident and written with something of the same beady detachment (and enjoyable signature streak of malice) as the great tale-teller himself' (Nicholas Shakespeare, Daily Telegraph)

'Hastings provides a searing emotional history...her closing chapter...is so powerfully written, in places so shocking, as to give a series of physical jolts to the reader. Hastings's book cannot be bettered' (Richard Davenport-Hines, Sunday Telegraph)

'Every so often, a biography appears of such authority and such power that it is more than a chronicle of a human life, it is a work of art...brilliant...such is Selina Hasting's skill that this horrible story is richly enjoyable' (A. N. Wilson, Reader's Digest)

'Engrossing . . . a brilliant evocation' (Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times)

'The year's best biography by far' (Sunday Express)

'Selina Hastings has coped manfully with the task of summarising Maugham's huge oeuvre without distracting her readers from his long and eventful life' (The Oldie)

'Supple, confident and written with the same beady detachment shown by the writer himself (Daily Telegraph)

'Here's Selina Hastings at her best, which is saying something . . . thoroughly researched and elegantly written' (Sunday Telegraph (Seven))

'In a period when literary biographies have fallen out of favour, Hastings's magisterial life shows ut he peaks that the genre can reach . . . The book teems enjoyably with stars, spies and scandals' (Independent)

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The definitive biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2162 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047DVHQM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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