"Father Brown" was G K Chesterton's most famous invention, the pudding-faced priest who solves crimes by using his knowledge of human evil and his ability to enter the mind of the criminal. First created in 1910, he was Chesterton's encapsulation of the atmosphere of that age, and his protest against its complacency and materialism. Later stories reflect the tensions preceding the Great War, the brittle sensationalism of the 1920s, and the ideological challenges of inter-war Europe. But the quiet Sussex priest inhabits his own world above all, a world of masterfully created characters and landscapes. His simplicity cuts through the complex and often bizarre puzzles which seem at first to defy all explanation. This edition presents 28 of the stories, chosen and introduced by their finest critic, W W Robson. His work brings together a lifetime's critical appreciation of Chesterton and includes the establishment of new texts for some of the stories. This book is intended for general readers; students from A-level upwards of short story and of early twentieth-century literature.
A collection of short stories from Alan Sillitoe, chosen to contrast and reflect the continuing appeal of his storytelling. The stories include his earliest story, "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner".
DH Lawrence is famous, or infamous depending on your point of view, for the novel Lady Chatterly's Lover. "England my England" is a most enjoyable collection of short stories investigating human emotions with some quite unexpected twists and turns that keeps you guessing to the end. The stories are generally around a dozen pages each and as such make excellent bedtime reading.
The stories in this book are in fact one story, that of a society adrift, like a shipwrecked crew upon a raft: fifty million people upon a wet and windy island in the Atlantic Ocean. Half of the inhabitants of Great Britain have been sold a patent medicine of peculiar austerity. Some of the characters in these stories complain of this medicine: but there is a far worse corrective others maintain, namely the Red Pills of Old Uncle Joe. The social medicines of the 'kindly' British spare you from the necessity of taking Old Uncle Joe's Red Pills.