The secret book club: Bathurst campus library

“f you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time.” – G.K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, p. 17.

On a particularly grey, cold and rainy day, a quick stop at the Bathurst campus library led to my discovery of a unique book that I felt was worth sharing.

The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Set in a post-alternate world, leaders of London are randomly chosen to run the city. Published in 1904, this story is set in 1984 and takes readers on a devastatingly interesting journey that challenges ideas of society. The character Auberon Quinn takes readers on a journey of his endeavours in turning London into a medieval carnival under his rule. 

Chesterton’s writing explores themes of the world, politics, and philosophy. There is speculation on the web that George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, drew inspiration from this book. A great read that is a must for anyone interested in an exquisite control of language that will have you imagining the unimaginable. 

I’m certainly looking forward to the next book that I discover at the library!

Borrow books online

Can’t get to the library in person? There are other ways to borrow books from Charles Sturt Libraries. 

  1. Pop onto the Library website and type into the search bar the book, theme or subject that you are interested in.
  2. From the results, select the title that grabs your interest.
  3. Scroll down to ‘Submit loan request’.
  4. From the ‘Pickup location’ drop-down bar, scroll down to select ‘Home address’.
  5. Click the ‘Next’ button and you are done! Now it’s just a short wait for delivery and you’ll have yourself an interesting book to learn from and enjoy.

Happy reading!