• "I picked it up and couldn't put it down."

    Alexander McCall Smith, Mail on Sunday
  • "Magnificent"

  • "From an era that produced George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells and John Galsworthy, Maugham is the great survivor"

  • "If anyone deserves resuscitation, he does... As a teenager, I read and reread my sister's long shelf of Maughams. What I enjoyed was their atmosphere: the brooding, sensual, sinister mood of exotic locations, where his characters seemed always on the verge of mania and where no-one behaved nearly so well as they were expected to"

    Rosemary Goring, Herald