This is the meanest book I’ve read in a long time.
The Painted Veil opens with a husband arriving home early to find his wife, Kitty, the main character, in bed with his boss. 1,070 more words
This is an amazing achievement and is rightly said to be Maugham’s masterpiece. So neatly written and with such scope. The book is an account of man’s hopeless entrapment in the human condition: our inextricable bond to our body, to carers and school, religion, society, lovers, and finally to our mortal end. 346 more words
First Chichester weekend of the year, and a joint visit with our friends Lord Liverpool and the Countess of Cockfosters. The last time we saw them was for a show in Edinburgh, and it poured with rain. 1,281 more words