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Somerset Maugham's 'The Summing Up'

Published in 1938 when Maugham was 64 years old, the title turned out to be a misnomer – it wasn’t really his autobiography. It was non-fiction for sure but more like a visit of writer’s workshop – the toolkits were on full display as he bared the essentials of what made him tick as a writer. 1,106 more words

Book Reviews

The Razor's Edge (1946)

Why am I here and what am I supposed to do?

These are big questions asked in the film. 1,157 more words


He was facing half the Turkish army, armed only with a small piece of cutlery...

Who was facing what???? That’s a quote from the TV series ‘Black Adder’ from 1982 – no, I’m not that old :) – which is one of my all-time favorites on TV, very clever and extremely funny jokes about British History and Literature..everybody loves Rowan Atkinson’s ‘Mr. 349 more words


65 Short Stories (W Somerset Maugham)

I think astrology and karma play a major role in whether someone is born to be a writer or not. By that I mean a creativity that cannot be learned by conscious techniques or formal education etc. 537 more words


January 2017 re-reading: Cakes and Ale

My list of “books read” from 1977 is quite an impressive one: it starts with Anna Karenina and ends with Beryl Bainbridge’s Injury Time, it includes… 770 more words

Why this?

Forty years ago, in 1977, I started keeping a record of the books I was reading. So this year, 2017, I plan to begin what might or might not be an interesting project: to take a book from each of those 40 years and re-read it, recording my impressions of this second reading and including any memories I might have of it from the first time … My aim – to start with, anyway – will be to re-read one book per month, interspersing it with my “usual” reading of new titles, fiction and non-fiction. 30 more words

Dorothy Parker

An appreciation by her grizzled contemporary, W. Somerset Maugham

Once when I was in Hollywood, I was invited to dinner by Miss Fanny Brice. It was by way of being a literary party. 474 more words

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