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G.K. Chesterton – One Sword At Least

By Anthony Cooney

ISBN 0953507718
Third Way Publications £5.00
Paper – 38 A5 pages

G.K. Chesterton was not only a noted novelist (The Napoleon of Notting Hill), a writer of detective stories (Father Brown) and poet, but also a political activist. Chesterton championed the cause of distributism – basically, widespread property ownership. His views have much in common with those of the co-operative movement. He was motivated by a belief that small is beautiful and a grounding in Catholic social theory. This booklet outlines Chesterton’s life and standing as a poet. It provides an insight into his two most famous novels, The Man Who Was Thursday and The Napoleon of Notting Hill, and goes on to examine the four novels which bear most directly on his political thinking and advocacy of distributism – The Flying Inn, Tales of the Longbow, The Return of Don Quixote and The Man Who Knew Too Much.


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