How's about this for a cracking first line: "The sun shone on the blackboard, partly obscuring the title as it was formed by the dancing, screeching stump of chalk."? Does the rest of the writing in "Something Nice" live up to this early promise? Absolutely.
The writing is crisp and succinct, and the characters bold and believable (though whether you will like them or not is another matter). It is clear that the author wrote almost every story not only with beer in hand but also with a smile on his face and, whether writing about action heroes, corpulent couch potatoes or sinister auditors, delivers each story with considerable energy, enthusiasm and humour. The possible exception could be "The Late Romantics" which has a poignant tang of angst. I also enjoyed the sardonic comments on modern life - call centres, office politics and childcare - embedded in several of the stories.
To echo the comments of another reviewer, the length of each story makes them perfect for bedtime reading or a short bus or tube ride. A very self-assured and confident anthology which is well worth a read!