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G K Chesterton

(Gilbert Keith Chesterton)
UK (1874 - 1936)

G K Chesterton has been described as one of the most unjustly neglected writers of our time. Born in 1874, he became a journalist and later began writing books and pamphlets. His work includes novels, literary and social criticism, political papers and spiritual essays in a style characterised by enormous wit, paradox, humility and wonder. He converted to Catholicism in 1922 and he explores the nature of spirituality in many of his books and essays, including the mighty Orthodoxy. Chesterton is one of the few authors who are genuinely timeless and whose work has as much relevance today as when it was written.

Genres: Inspirational, Literary Fiction, Mystery


Greybeards At Play (poems) (1900)
The Wild Knight (poems) (1900)
The Club of Queer Trades (1905)
The Ballad Of The White Horse (poems) (1911)
A Chesterton Calendar (1911)
     aka Chesterton Day By Day
Poems (poems) (1915)
Wine, Water and Song (poems) (1915)
The Ballad of St. Barbara (poems) (1922)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1922)
A Collection of Poems (poems) (1925)
Tales Of The Long Bow (1925)
The Queen of Seven Swords (poems) (1926)
The Collected Poems of G. K. Chesterton (poems) (1927)
Short Stories of To-Day and Yesterday (1928)
The Poet and the Lunatics (1929)
Four Faultless Felons (1930)
Stories, Essays and Poems (poems) (1935)
The Man Who Was Chesterton (1937)
The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond (1937)
The Coloured Lands (1938)
An Anthology (1957)
Essays and Poems (poems) (1958)
Selected Stories (1972)
The Spirit of Christmas (1984)
The Bodley Head G.K. Chesterton (1985)
     aka The Essential G.K.Chesterton
A G.K. Chesterton Anthology (1985)
Daylight and Nightmare (1986)
Collected Works (1987)
Collected Nonsense and Light Verse (poems) (1987)
Thirteen Detectives (1987)
Seven Suspects (1990)
Thou Shalt Not Kill (1992) (with Ralph McInerny and John Mortimer)
Short Stories, Fairy Tales, Mystery Stories (1993)
Collected Poetry, part 1 (poems) (1994)
Poems for All Purposes (poems) (1994)
Classic Crime Stories (1995) (with Maurice Le Blanc, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Wallace)
The Poetical Works (poems) (1995)
Great Detective Stories (2003)
G.K. Chesterton's Sherlock Holmes (2003)
Essential Writings (2003)
Classic Detective Stories (2003) (with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sapper)
G. K. Chesterton's Early Poetry (poems) (2004)

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Short stories
The Absence of Mr Glass
The Actor and the Alibi
The Arrow of Heaven
The Blast of the Book
The Blue Cross [short story]
The Chief Mourner of Marne
The Crime of the Communist
The Curse of the Golden Cross
The Dagger with Wings
The Doom of the Darnaways
The Duel of Dr Hirsch
The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady
The Eye of Apollo
The Fairy Tale of Father Brown
The Five of Swords
The Flying Stars
The Ghost of Gideon Wise
The God of the Gongs
The Green Man
The Head of Caesar
The Honour of Israel Gow
The Insoluble Problem
The Man in the Passage
The Man with Two Beards
The Miracle of Moon Crescent
The Mirror of the Magistrate
The Mistake of the Machine
The Oracle of the Dog
The Paradise of Thieves
The Perishing of the Pendragons
The Point of a Pin
The Purple Wig
The Pursuit of Mr Blue
The Quick One
The Red Moon of Meru
The Resurrection of Father Brown
The Salad of Colonel Cray
The Scandal of Father Brown [short story]
The Secret Garden
The Secret of Father Brown [short story]
The Secret of Flambeau
The Sign of the Broken Sword
The Sins of Prince Saradine
The Song of the Flying Fish
The Strange Crime of John Boulnois
The Three Tools of Death
The Tower of Treason
The Vampire of the Village
The Vanishing of Vaudrey
The Worst Crime in the World
The Wrong Shape
The Angry Street (1908)
The Hammer of God (1911)
The Invisible Man [short story] (1911)
The Queer Feet (1911)
The Tower of Babel (1922)
The Tree of Pride (1922)

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