(From the publisher):
Lionized by literary society, Edward Driffield is married to his second wife, a woman of iron will, indisputable rectitude and great charm. Her request to Alroy Kear, lightweight novelist, to write a biography of her husband seems both flattering and agreeable. But on delving into Driffield's past Kear revives the spectre of his first wife, Rosie, delectable companion of less respectable days and the unlikely muse of his greatest work.
In this novel Maugham has created an unauthorized biography, the book that cannot be written for fear of offending Driffield's unsuspecting public. And in Rosie he has given us his greatest heroine, luscious, inconstant and commonplace, yet lingering most persistently in the mind.
Original title: Cakes and Ale
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics