In this collection the Nightwatchman by turns tries to make money, or his cheated out of money, or finds himself in difficult situations were he attempts to do a morally right thing, but ends up being blamed by all and sundry, for doing the opposite. Usually his decisions are distorted by his propensity to disappear to the local pub for a half pint during his shift.
Other stories revolve around working class life. There are a couple of amusing tales of the experiences of a householder who puts up soldiers during WW1. Another, rather crude, story is a commentary of strikes as the wives of strikers go out on strike over household work when their husbands are on strike in the factory. It shows little understanding of strikes or working class solidarity.
All of the stories are entertaining, mostly for the insights into working class life between the wars. But the pay off at the end just isn't there. All the tales feel anti-climatic, and thus disappointing.