All decent people live beyond their incomes nowadays, and those who aren't respectable live beyond other peoples'. Saki (H H Munro) stands alongside Anton Chekhov and O Henry as a master of the short story. His extraordinary stories are a mixture of humorous satire, irony and the macabre, in which the stupidities and hypocrisy of conventional society are viciously pilloried. This collection includes Sredni Vastor and The Unrest Cure . 'We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other married couples they sometimes live apart'