This is a collection of stories Dahl wrote in the late 1940s to early 1950s, and all but the title story were previously issued in his early collections "Someone Like You" (1953) and "Kiss Kiss" (1959). The seven stories here all deal with the same group of characters: Gordon (the narrator) who runs a filling station, his partner Claud, their bizarre neighbor Rummins, and a few others. The action takes place in rural England, not too far from the London area. Many of the tales deal with the characters' attempts to "pull a fast one" or get away with some dishonest (but usually relatively harmless) behavior. They are often quite ingenious in their efforts, Dahl's dry and dark sense of humor is well in evidence, and the stories are all very enjoyable. My favorites are "The Ratcatcher" with its creepy and macabre flavor, and "The Champion of the World" which has an hilarious, almost slapstick ending. This edition is much enhanced by the drawings of John Lawrence, who captures the spirit of the prose and characters well. I have been a fan of Dahl for many years, and I think this book will be great fun for newcomers to the "adult" work of this superb writer. But I really feel that the original publications of "Someone Like You" and "Kiss Kiss" are the best. Republications of these, rather than numerous reshufflings and reprintings of the same stories, is highly desirable. The original cover art on the old Dell paperback editions is very imaginative too.