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Julia Lambert is in her prime, the greatest actress in England. Off stage, however, she is bored with her husband. She is at first amused by the attentions of a shy but ambitious young fan, then thrilled by his persistence - and at last wildly but dangerously in love.

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ISBN 9780749304355
Published 5 December 1991 by Cornerstone
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Maugham, W. Somerset
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ISBN-13 9780749304355
ISBN-10 0749304359
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Mandarin
Publication Date 5 December 1991
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Maugham, W. Somerset
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 176mm
Weight 142g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.912
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In Theatre, W. Somerset Maugham-the author of the classic novels Of Human Bondage and Up at the Villa-introduces us to Julia Lambert, a woman of breathtaking poise and talent whose looks have stood by her forty-six years. She is one of the greatest actresses England-so good, in fact, that perhaps she never stops acting. It seems that noting can ruffle her satin feathers, until a quiet stranger who challenges Julia's very sense of self. As a result, she will endure rejection for the first time, her capacity as a mother will be affronted, and her ability to put on whatever face she desired for her public will prove limited. In Theatre, Maugham subtly exposes the tensions and triumphs that occur when acting and reality blend together, and-for Julia-ultimately reverse. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The modern writer who has influenced me the most. <br>--George Orwell <p> From the Trade Paperback edition.
US Review A story of the dangerous age in a theatrical star, whose marriage has worn thin, and who finds excitement in skirting a treacherous edge of emotional involvement, more or less accidentally thrust upon her. First rate tale, but lacks the brilliance of such a performance as Cakes and Ale. Maugham can be counted on for masterly craftsmanship; he knows his theatre; and this is his first full-length novel some time. Maugham has a faculty for getting under the skin of his characters and revealing their very human foibles. It's thoroughly good reading, and popular in theme and background, so should prove a quick seller and renter. (Kirkus Reviews)

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