Pratchett: On G.K. Chesterton

“[T]he shelf also contained G. K. Chesterton’s The Napoleon of Notting Hill, a book that distils the heart and soul of fantasy – which, I have to say, has little to do with wizards and everything to do with… well, everything. When you’re a kid you fill your local landscape with perils and terrors (there was a barn a few miles from us where, I knew for a fact, giants lived). Chesterton knew why, and could achieve in a sentence what some philosophers can’t manage in a book. He taught one lesson that I took to heart: there’s nothing so strange as the ‘normal.'”

– Terry Pratchett, A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction (p. 168)


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