The Secret Lives Of Somerset Maugham

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01*20091102

Barbara Flynn reads from Selina Hastings' biography of Somerset Maugham, which sheds new light on his complex character.

In 1892, at the age of 18, Somerset Maugham enrolled at St Thomas' medical school, but his heart wasn't in it.

What he really wanted to do was write.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

In 1892 Maugham enrolled at St Thomas' medical school, but his heart wasn't in it.

02*20091103

Barbara Flynn reads from Selina Hastings' biography of Somerset Maugham, which sheds new light on his complex character.

Still struggling to make ends meet, Maugham has a change of fortune when the manager of the Royal Court Theatre decides to stage his play, Lady Frederick.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

The manager of the Royal Court decides to stage Maugham's play, Lady Frederick.

03*20091104

In 1915, Maugham is despatched to Geneva to work for British intelligence.

Barbara Flynn reads from Selina Hastings' biography of Somerset Maugham, which sheds new light on his complex character.

In 1915, with the codename Somerville, Maugham is despatched to Geneva to work for British intelligence.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0420091105

Barbara Flynn reads from Selina Hastings' biography of Somerset Maugham, which sheds new light on his complex character.

With his marriage to Syrie imploding, Maugham escapes to the south of France with Gerald and buys the Villa Mauresque.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

With his marriage to Syrie imploding, Maugham escapes to the south of France with Gerald.

05 LAST20091106

Barbara Flynn reads from Selina Hastings' biography of Somerset Maugham, which sheds new light on his complex character.

When Maugham's companion Gerald Haxton dies, Alan Searle becomes a major part of Maugham's life.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

When Gerald Haxton dies, Alan Searle becomes a major part of Maugham's life.