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THE CLUB OF QUEER TRADES is G.K. Chesterton's first mystery. It is the story of a club with a membership requirement that is eccentric and typically English: no one can join unless he has created a brand-new profession.

So what are the new ways to earn a living? One man offers himself as a butt for repartee, another provides suitable romance for lonely souls.

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THE CLUB OF QUEER TRADES is G.K. Chesterton's first mystery. It is the story of a club with a membership requirement that is eccentric and typically English: no one can join unless he has created a brand-new profession.

So what are the new ways to earn a living? One man offers himself as a butt for repartee, another provides suitable romance for lonely souls.

Prolific author of essays, verse, literary and social criticism, novels and short stories, Chesterton's exuberant personality shows through in this loosely knit collection of short stories written in 1905.

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton may not be quite the celebrated writer that Conan Doyle is today but he was arguably the better. In fact, Chesterton's hero in The Club of Queer Trades makes a comparison in this story between his fictional creation and Doyle's when he boldly states, "I may be silly - in fact, I'm off my head - but I never could believe in that man - what's his name, in those capital stories? - Sherlock Holmes."

Chesterton's brief masterpiece is an inimitable collection of six short stories that may be read individually or whole and thereby reveal the hidden meaning that ties them together. If you consider Sherlock Holmes too cool a character then here you shall be introduced to his Civil Servant counterpart in the form of the unforgettable Basil Grant, who at times is even more self-assured and bewildering than Holmes.

While Chesterton's Father Brown detective character is well-known Basil Grant is largely not and for that reason he has been singled out to be saved from obscurity.

George Bernhard Shaw, who was Chesterton's 'friendly enemy', referred to the writer as "A man of colossal genius." Weighing in at 130 kilos and standing 1.93m tall, he was more than just a formidable figure when it came to writing. Once he commented to Bernhard Shaw, "To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England." To which Shaw rejoined, "To look at you, anyone would think you have caused it." One notorious anecdote during World War I saw a woman in London ask why he was "not out at the Front" to which he replied, "If you go round to the side, you will see that I am."

GK Chesterton wrote some 80 books and 200 short stories, was an active debating intellectual of his day and his passion for poetry and philosophy fill his writings as it does this work, where you will be given a surreal lesson in that all things are not what they seem.

In sum, the 'prince of paradox', as he was often referred to, would as a Time Magazine review declared, "...[make] his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories - first carefully turning them inside out." The Club of Queer Trades, the most exclusive club in the world, is no exception to this style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Time well spent!

    After a reference to Mr. Chesterton in Good Omens (Terry Pratchett-Neil Gaimen) I thought I'd give it a try. If you like mystery combined with a bit of humor, you'll like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Couldn't Finish It

    I tried to work my way through this. I really wanted to. But like alot of "classic" literature, i couldn't understand it & couldn't get into it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Different & fun higly recommend

    This collection of short stories is so interesting & enjoyable

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