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The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham Hardcover – 3 Sep 2009

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 1st Edition edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719565545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719565540
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 23.7 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'excellent...wholly convincing and always outstanding biography' (The Scotsman)

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

'One of the fascinating pleasures of this superb biography [is] to see the veils being stripped away and the messy truth about Maugham's life and relationships exposed...Hastings recounts the mass of detail and the massive literary output with great sagacity and the sharpest of eyes' (The Guardian, William Boyd)

'[Hasting's] superior, marvellously rich synthesis of so many resources...produces a narrative that is strikingly clear yet never reductive. It's a gripping, often sensational account of a singular life, gaining pathos in its closing descriptions of the senile Maugham's manipulations by Searle' (The Independent, Richard Canning)

'The places and people she describes are portrayed with such graphic clarity and assurance. She sets a scene or establishes a personality with great economy and intensity' (The Observer, William Boyd)

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

'A remarkable book, sympathetic and sardonic, comic and tragic, serious and naughty' (Telegraph Review, Michael Bloch)

Selina Hastings has done an excellent job...Hastings has managed to humanise Maugham without ever attempting to gloss over his defects... Her characterisations are sharp, her judgement sound and her grasp of narrative as sure as her subject's, (Evening Standard)

'Hastings has teased out the complicated chronicle...and offers a fuller picture then ever of [Maugham]' (The Independent, John Walsh)

'The best parts of Hasting's engrossing book are her descriptions of Maugham as a young literary man on the make...a sensitive and sympathetic biography' (The Sunday Times (Culture), Robert Harris)

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The authoritative biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest and most popular writers

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