In Zooing, the stories are again distinguished by a cool irony and an effortless balancing of humour and poinancy. The family dining at the Returned Military Officers' Club, the dedicated sportsman whose obsession with dog-racing becomes an obsession with his son's prowess at football, a pedantic schoolteacher who questions the Shorter Oxford Dictionary's definition of the word "neighbourly" - these are some of the memorable characters of Zooing.