The Napoleon of Notting Hill Index


 The Napoleon of Notting Hill is a novel, now in public domain, written by G. K. Chesterton in 1904, set in a nearly-unchanged London in 1984.  It contains 7 full page illustrations by W. Graham Robertson and a map of the seat of war.

Though the novel deals with the future, it concentrates not on technology nor on totalitarian government but on a government where no one cares what happens, comparable to Fahrenheit 451 in that respect.  

Michael Collins, who led the fight for Irish independence from British Rule, is known to have admired the book. There has been much speculation on the influence of the book on George Orwells's Nineteen Eighty-Four. The novel is also quoted at the start of Neil Gaiman's novel Neverwhere.

Chesterton is often associated with his close friend, the poet and essayist Hilaire Belloc George Bernard Shaw coined the name Chesterbelloc for their partnership, and this stuck. Though they were very different men, they shared many beliefs; they espoused distributism, and we begin this reading, as Chesterton intended with the poetic dedication.

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