The Napoleon of Notting Hill
G. K. Chesterton


  • Dedicated to
    Hilaire Belloc
  • Illustrator
    William Graham Robertson

About the Book

A witty and surreal novel of the future.

In a rather dull stuck-in-a-rut future, a prankster chosen randomly to be King of England revives the old ways and inadvertently arouses romantic patriotism and civil war between the boroughs of London.

Table of Contents

Book I
Chapter Page
I. Introductory Remarks on the Art of Prophecy 13
II. The Man in Green 21
III. The Hill of Humour 49
Book II
I. The Charter of the Cities 65
II. The Council of the Provosts 82
III. Enter a Lunatic 102
Book III
I. The Mental Condition of Adam Wayne 125
II. The Remarkable Mr. Turnbull 147
III. The Experiment of Mr. Buck 163
Book IV
I. The Battle of the Lamps 189
II. The Correspondent of the "Court Journal" 208
III. The Great Army of South Kensington 224
Book V
I. The Empire of Notting Hill 259
II. The Last Battle 279
III. Two Voices 291
In the Dark Entrance there appeared a Flaming Figure Frontispiece
To face page
City Men out on All Fours in a Field covered with Veal Cutlets 16
"I'm the King of the Castle" 70
"I bring Homage to my King" 104
Map of the Seat of War 190
King Auberon descended from the Omnibus with Dignity 220
"A Fine Evening, Sir," said the Chemist 264
"Wayne, it was all a Joke!" 296

Edition Notes

8vo. "Another edition." Original UK retail price: 3/6.

The Bodley Head Library
Other Titles
The Napoleon of Notting Hill: A Romance
Copyright Date

The Physical Object

300, [1] p., [8] leaves of plates : ill., map ; 18cm. (8°)
Number of pages
18 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
753158453, 558508967, 632640873, 3655186
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