I can't imagine a better way of getting into Somerset Maugham than this little volume. It contains 11 out of his 91 short stories -- a mixture of famous and less famous ones, not quite 'the best', but a very reasonable selection. This series -- 'Collector's Library' -- is the most handsome series of pocket-size fiction available today, in attractive, solid bindings, good paper, and extremely clear print. This really helps one to enjoy the contents.
Maugham, it must be confessed, was not a great writer. Each story achieves totally what it sets out to do, but there are no subtleties, such that a second reading would increase one's enjoyment. This is a book to read on a train, and then donate to a charity bookshop -- not a 'possession for ever'.