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Club of Queer Trades (Wordsworth Collection) (original 1901; edition 1998)

by G. K. Chesterton

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Member:StephenBarkley
Title:Club of Queer Trades (Wordsworth Collection)
Authors:G. K. Chesterton
Info:NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (1998), Paperback, 128 pages
Collections:Your library, @Home
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

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  Bruno_Estigarribia | Mar 31, 2014 |
published-1905, radio-4x, under-1000-ratings, summer-2013, amusing, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, mystery-thriller, victoriana
Recommended for: BBC radio listeners
Read from August 10 to 24, 2013

4 Extra Debut. A retired soldier finds himself threatened by a flowerbed. Stars David Warner, Martin Freeman, Geoffrey Whitehead and Vicki Pepperdine. From April 2005.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/...

GK Chesterton - The Club of Queer Trades - 6. The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady: Cries for help distract Rupert and Charlie from a pleasant summer evening. Could it be that Basil has an odd vocation of his own? Stars David Warner, Martin Freeman. From May 2005.

Thoroughly enjoyed this and can say that Chesterton appeals to my inner wild child; unhappily he is not everyone's favourite cuppa.
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  mimal | Aug 26, 2013 |
Read my mini-review at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog! ( )
  herebebooks | Dec 29, 2010 |
A delightful collection of six short stories, this is one of my favorite Chesterton books yet. It is about a club whose members must have an original occupation to join and who must actually make a living from said occupation. Not so easy to think up as you would first believe. Though I picked up the theme of the tales fairly quickly, the occupations were always a revelation.
I love his use of language and found myself laughing out loud in the car while I listened to this book. David Barnes reads with just the right spirit and is a delight to listen to. ( )
1 vote MrsLee | Nov 7, 2010 |
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Rabelais, or his wild illustrator Gustave Dore, must have had something to do with the designing of the things called flats in England and America.
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This edition includes GKC's 1901 essay A Defence of Detective Stories.
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Foreword by Gilbert Adair

Also has the essay "A Defence of Detective Stories"
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Unique professions—
"Queer Trades"— bring innovative
mayhem to London.
(WilliamOrmond)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486255344, Paperback)

6 whimsical short stories by brilliant, witty, English author, poet and critic. Improbable plots, marvelously funny episodes, evocative descriptions of late Victorian London distinguish delightful tales focusing on a club devoted to completely original and unusual professions. First republication to include all 32 of Chesterton's own original illustrations.

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Equally well-known for his sophisticated philosophy tracts and his top-notch detective fiction, G.K. Chesterton was himself something of a literary jack-of-all-trades. This beloved collection of detective stories and mysteries is based on a club that is only open to those who rely on unusual or extraordinary lines of work as their main source of income. A fast-paced, purely enjoyable collection that is sure to tickle the fancy of classic detective fiction fans.… (more)

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