Title: Cakes and Ale
Author: Maugham, W. Somerset
Publisher: P. F. Collier, New York
Publication Date: 1930
Edition: Not Stated
Book Condition: VG
Comments: No d-j. Uniform blue boards with bright gilt titles to spine. Front pastedown and FFEP foxed. Pages tanned. Writing on FFEP.
Synopsis: Cakes and Ale is a satire of London literary society between the Wars. Social climber Alroy Kear is flattered when he is selected by Edward Driffield’s wife to pen the official biography of her lionized novelist husband, and determined to write a bestseller. But then Kear discovers the great novelist’s voluptuous muse (and unlikely first wife), Rosie. The lively, loving heroine once gave Driffield enough material to last a lifetime, but now her memory casts an embarrassing shadow over his career and respectable image. Wise, witty, deeply satisfying, Cakes and Ale is Maugham at his best.