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Ebooks - Maugham's Novels

Though this blog is about collecting Maugham's books as physical objects, I also like to have the digitalised version for my eReader, because then I can carry them around and take advantage of technology, not like Maugham who had to suffer the problem of travelling with his enormous book-bag! Besides, it is very convenient when you need to search for something specific.

The followings are the novels that I have found free to download, some of them are out of copyright, a few are uploaded by individuals on their websites. What I provide here are the links to them, readers will have to decide for themselves the legality of downloading them.

Readers also have a choice to borrow some of these books (as indicated) from the Open Library. Registration is free and it is not location-restricted; you can borrow from anywhere.

If you are interested in comments or the first editions of Maugham's work, you will find relevant posts on the right hand column organized by subjects.

Novels by W. Somerset Maugham 

[Please check back from time to time since I am still in the process of putting links that I have found]

Liza of Lambeth (1897)

The Making of a Saint (1898)

The Hero (1901)

Mrs. Craddock (1902)

The Merry-Go-Round(1904)

  • Heinemann, 1904 - first edition from what can be seen; it looks like the variant binding that Stott mentions in his catalogue
  • Doubleday, Page & Company, 1904 - a most interesting copy, this is the American copyright issue lodged with the Library of Congress

The Bishop's Apron (1906)

The Explorer (1907)

The Magician (1908)

Of Human Bondage (1915)

The Moon and Sixpence (1919)

The Painted Veil(1924)

Cakes and Ale (1930)

Theatre (1937)

Christmas Holiday (1939)

The Hour Before the Dawn (1942)

The Razor's Edge (1944)

Then and Now (1946)

Catalina (1948)

  • Doubleday & Co., 1948 - most likely a later printing though stated First Edition; the true first US ed. was printed by THE COUNTRY LIFE PRESS, GARDEN CITY, N.Y., not THE HADDON CRAFTSMEN, SCRANTON, PA., like this copy


  1. I have seen a recommendation for 'Mrs Craddock' by Somerset Maugham. I would very much appreciate if you could load this on as a PDF too as I am about to receive a Kindle and PDF works on this format. Many thanks in advance. I can provide the link to the recommendation if you are interested. Thanks once again and Kind Regards,
    Andrew Ward

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      It would be helpful if you give me the link.

  2. How do if find out if these are legit downloads (i.e. out of copyright). Would like to download 'The Razor's Edge' but no indication from source that book is out of copyright.

    1. Hello Charlie,
      As I mentioned, I am afraid you will have to decide for yourself. I am not familiar with copyright law so I can't help you there.
      However, you can also borrow from the Open Library. I've changed the link.

  3. sweety... do you have Mrs. Craddock in a portugueses version, maybe...?
    thank you!