• "Maugham had a narrow but profound gift for domesticating the strange and making the exotic appear reassuringly familiar"

    Nicholas Shakespeare, Daily Telegraph
  • "The fictional summa of everything Maugham had seen and learned about the East"

    Washington Post
  • "The modern writer who has influenced me the most"

    George Orwell
  • "He puts most 21st-century novelists to shame"

    Rachel Cooke, Observer