Liza of Lambeth

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Vibrant and enthralling, down among the dingy slums of Lambeth, eighteen-year-old Liza is the darling of Vere Street. When she meets Jim Blakeston, a married man new to the area, she is instantly mesmerized by his tending.

What makes this book stand out?

It is Maugham's first published novel - a vividly naturalistic depiction of slum life.

Read it for

End-to-end the story setting; it's clear to see that Maugham pictured a visual image of London's streets as well. He explains how this book is his first novel and his go-through living in London at the time of writing it.

Don't read it for

Story length could have been a little bit longer since some of the scenes felt hastened.

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