Somerset Maugham –  husband, father, bi-sexual; homosexual; playwright, author, thorough-going agnostic and – spy, recruited to the network of British agents who operated against the Berlin Committee during World War 1. Published in 1937, the aim of this book – which, according to the author, makes no attempt to be biographical in the strict sense – is to trace the developments of Maugham’s style, technique and choice of subject matter in his novels, plays and short stories. There is also speculation of the the thought and philosophy of which Maugham’s work is his eloquent expression.