Somerset Maugham

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Top 10 most dislikable characters in fiction
From Tom Wolfe’s ‘master of the universe’ to George Eliot’s vengeful pedant, these are some of the hardest characters in literature to love

Louise Candlish

30, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Nostalgia for the beautiful world outside has made a collector of me | Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke

03, May, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Prince Andrew used the N-word, former No 10 aide claims
Rohan Silva says royal used word in 2012 conversation at Buckingham Palace

Jim Waterson Media editor

18, Nov, 2019 @12:07 PM

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Top 10 books about Burma
Closed off for half a century by the generals, there is a shortage of writing about this richly diverse country available in English – but there are some gems

David Eimer

10, Jul, 2019 @9:44 AM

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Bonfires of the writer’s vanities | Letters
Letter: The novelist and playwright W Somerset Maugham went to some lengths to ensure control of his literary legacy


11, Mar, 2018 @6:00 PM

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John Lithgow show prompts surge in demand for out-of-print anthology
In Stories By Heart, the actor reads from 1939 volume edited by W Somerset Maugham, which has set off a spike in demand from online shoppers

Alison Flood

18, Jan, 2018 @2:00 PM

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Sheppey review – Somerset Maugham's benign barber still cuts a radical figure
Maugham’s 1933 play – about a man whose charitable giving horrifies his family – beautifully skewers the self-interestedness of society then and now

Michael Billington

29, Nov, 2016 @12:12 PM

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Prescribed reading: why medicine is good training for writing fiction
A doctor tries to diagnose why so many novelists, from Chekhov to Khaled Hosseini, have also been physicians

Phil Whitaker

20, Oct, 2016 @8:21 AM

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Michael Billington's top 10 theatre of 2015
Imelda Staunton bustled brilliantly through Gypsy and Shaw’s Superman soared. But it’s a celebrity hangman who tops our theatre critic’s pick of this year’s best shows

Michael Billington

14, Dec, 2015 @12:33 PM

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Reading American cities: books about Honolulu
The most un-American of all American cities is bathed in literary culture. Anisse Gross investigates Hawaiian detective novels and alerts us to stories of Pearl Harbor, examines Hawaii’s oral tradition and sifts through the many writers who spent time on its sands – from marathon correspondent Hunter S Thompson to novice surfer Mark Twain

Anisse Gross

12, Jun, 2015 @6:00 PM

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The 100 best novels: No 44 – Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham (1915)

Somerset Maugham's semi-autobiographical novel shows the author's savage honesty and gift for storytelling at their best, writes Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum

21, Jul, 2014 @4:45 AM

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Marriage plots: the best wedding dresses in literature

Moira Redmond: It's that time of year traditionally reserved for tying the knot. So what are your favourite wedding scenes or outfits in fiction?

Moira Redmond

20, May, 2014 @6:00 AM

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