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The Man Who Knew Too Much

This contains the first 8 of the 12 stories in the published book The Man Who Knew Too Much and Other Stories. In these 8 detective thrillers, the main protagonist is Horne Fisher. (The omitted four are individual stories with separate heroes/detectives.) Due to close relationships with the leading political figures in the land, Fisher […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Short Stories

The Donnington Affair

In the October 1914 issue of the British magazine The Premier, Sir Max Pemberton published the first part of this story, inviting a number of writers, including Chesterton, to use their talents to solve the mystery of the murder described. Chesterton’s solution followed in the form of a Father Brown story in the November issue. […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Short Stories

Heretics

Though he was on the whole a fun loving and gregarious man, during adolescence Chesterton was troubled by thoughts of suicide. In Christianity he found answers to many of the dilemmas and paradoxes of life. Throughout Heretics he provides a very personal critique of contemporary religious notions. His consistently engaging but often wayward humour is […]


Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion

Orthodoxy

Orthodoxy (1908) is a book by G. K. Chesterton that has become a classic of Christian apologetics. Chesterton considered this book a companion to his other work, Heretics. In the book’s preface Chesterton states the purpose is to “attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian Faith can be believed, but of how he personally […]


Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion

St. Francis of Assisi

Chesterton was an orthodox religious person, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism. In 1923, he wrote this short biography of St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose his papal name, Pope Francis, when he was elected as the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, on 13 March 2013. The biography […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Non-Fiction, Religion

The Wisdom of Father Brown

From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest runs to earth bandits, traitors, killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Short Stories

The Club of Queer Trades

A collection of related short stories by British author G. K. Chesterton. Each story is centered on a person who is making his living by some novel and extraordinary means (a “queer trade”). To gain admittance to the Club, one must have a unique queer trade as principal source of income. “Cherub” Swinburne describes his […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

The Man Who Was Thursday: a Nightmare

The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare is a novel by G. K. Chesterton, first published in 1908. The book has been referred to as a metaphysical thriller. Although it deals with anarchists, the novel is not an exploration or rebuttal of anarchist thought; Chesterton’s ad hoc construction of “Philosophical Anarchism” is distinguished from ordinary […]


Genre: Fiction, Thrillers