Collected Short Stories: Volume 1

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This classic collection of stories moves from England, France and Spain to the silver sands of the South Pacific. It includes the famous story 'Rain', the tragedy of a narrow-minded and overzealous missionary and a prostitute, and 'The Three Fat Women of Antibes,' an extravagantly sardonic tale of abstention and greed, as well as a host of other brilliant tales.

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These 30 short stories, comprising Somerset Maugham's first collection, are set in locations ranging from England, France and Spain to the silver sands of the South Pacific. They include "Rain", "The Three Fat Women of Antibes", "The Voice of the Turtle" and "Before the Party".

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"Fascinating tales, sharply revealed characters, a fine narrative craft" (J.B. Priestley)

"He was a superb storyteller - one of the very best in our language - who wrote with a wordly, sardonic understanding of the human condition. Writing was his life; everything else was secondary to it" ( Daily Mail)

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