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This compilation of Father Brown stories includes twelve of the best cases of the eccentric but competent priest/detective.
Invented by renowned author, essayist and journalist G.K. Chesterton, Father Brown is an amateur sleuth whose day job is one of church preacher. Chesterton, a religious Christian who wrote volumes of essays and fiction surrounding spirituality, would base his stories upon a priest he knew by the name of Father John O'Connor.
A popular hit in early 20th century Britain and the USA, the Father Brown detective stories remain a well-written and much-liked addition to the genre over a century after the first tales were published.
Characterised by his easily digestible style, ready use and exposure of paradox, and his use of wit and humour to advance argument, Chesterton's fiction and non-fiction writings on the topics of human behaviour and wider society remain relevant and poignant to this day.
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Chesterton knew how to make the most of a detective story (Jorge Luis Borges)
About the Author:
G.K. Chesterton was born in 1874 in the district of Kensington - London, England. After studying art at the Slade School, and literature at University College in London, the young writer embarked on what was to become a daring and unique literary career. Although his greatest desire was to be known as a journalist, Chesterton would also author volumes of poetry, together with piercing criticisms of contemporary society and its views. His fiction works would sell well, with titles such as "The Man Who Was Thursday", a thriller combining espionage and metaphysics, and "The Everlasting Man", which chronicles mankind's spiritual journey. Following his authorship of many essays surrounding Christianity and Catholicism, Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922. The author is also popularly known for his Father Brown books - a priest and detective, this popular character first appeared in "The Innocence of Father Brown". Chesterton died of heart failure at home in 1936, and was posthumously lauded and venerated by figures both literary and religious. In the 21st century, he has been considered a possible figure for canonization for his ample writings on Christianity.
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