The Napoleon of Notting Hill

The Napoleon of Notting Hill

Did you know that almost half a century before George Orwell’s 1984, G.K. Did Chesterton wrote a futuristic novel also set in 1984? A London neighborhood called Notting Hill becomes an independent city, isolated by high walls from the rest of the world. But the surrounding neighborhoods do not share its traditionalist views. They want progress and intend to build a motorway that has to go right through Notting Hill.

At the head of the London neighborhood is Adam Wayne, a character whose physical strength is matched or surpassed only by his idealism. The battles are fought with swords and axes, and Adam Wayne somehow manages to win every one of them.

The story is an allegory about big nations crushing and swallowing small ones, and about small communities struggling to maintain their identity and independence in the face of globalization and so-called „progress.” Chesterton’s humor, his storytelling gifts, and his sympathy for the cause of the little man and the small city or community stand out throughout this witty satire.


  • Author: Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
  • Original title: The Napoleon of Notting Hill
  • Original language: English
  • Genre: Novel
  • Publication year: 1904
  • Public: Adults
The Napoleon of Notting Hill