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  • 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

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