Liza of Lambeth
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: May 2013
Duration: 3 hours 32 minutes
Liza of Lambeth, W. Somerset Maugham's first novel, offers insight into the everyday lives of working class Londoners at the turn of the twentieth century. Liza Kemp is an eighteen-year-old girl working in a factory in the Lambeth slum along London's Vere Street. As Liza enters into a misguided affair with an older, married man, Jim Blakeston, the novel reveals the tragedies and abuses suffered by those living in poverty. A mood of subdued acceptance of one's life conditions prevails in this novel, which sparked the literary career of one of England's most successful authors of the twentieth century.
"It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham...He was always so entirely there."-Gore Vidal