Born and raised in London, Gilbert Keith Chesterton is well known for his satire and dry wit. In addition to his works of fiction, Chesterton wrote on theology, social criticism, and literature. He is widely considered the father of the modern detective story for his Father Brown series. Throughout his life, Chesterton wrote nearly a hundred books as well as hundreds of poems and short stories. He died in 1936 at the age of 62. His writings have served to shape more than one generation and will continue to do so for many years in the future. The Napoleon of Notting Hill is his first novel.