Reviews

  • "One of my favourite writers"

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • "Cakes and Ale is a delightfully tart, meandering meditation on what it means to be an author, and its comments on the fickleness of literary celebrity are prescient and amusing. Maugham sees clearly that books are famous because of who tells you to like them, and that authors are 'good' because they are said to be."

    Time Out
  • "A formidable talent, a formidable sum of talents...precision, tact, irony and total absence of pomposity"

    Spectator
  • "[A] witty Thirties novel… Great fun"

    Daily Mail