• "One of the most interesting and least patronising accounts of cockney life in the late 19th century"

    The Times
  • "A picture of such squalor and deprivation that it caused an uproar and made Maugham famous"

    Sunday Times
  • "He evolved a quality possessed only by master story-tellers - that of making the reader greedy for more"

  • "He shrewdly spun the raw material of human suffering into a brutal tale. Maugham pushed the limits of acceptability and gained a following for it"

    Washington Times