Children's Book Character 'Uncle Chestnut' Based on Real G.K. Chesterton 

by Paul Nowak Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Even as a children's book character, Uncle Chestnut may seem far-fetched. Although he is a comic, absent-minded but insightful gentleman described as being "big and round like a chestnut" by his nephew, he is in fact based on the real G.K. Chesterton, the English author and journalist of the early 20th Century.

The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut(ISBN 9780977223497), the first book in the Uncle Chestnut series, is now available from and other booksellers.

Written for young readers, The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut contains 4 short stories told by Jack, whose Uncle Chestnut comes to take care of him while his parents are away. Whether traveling, chasing after hats, or embarking on everyday adventures, Uncle Chestnut teaches a unique perspective on life and the world to his nephew.

Based on the writings and actual events in the life of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, this work of fiction presents the wit and wisdom of the British writer in a considerably easier style for young people to read. It is a simple, fun approach to introducing G.K. Chesterton to readers of all ages, and teaches the value of seeing everyday obstacles as exciting and unique adventures.

C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, credited Chesterton as a significant influence in his conversion to Christianity. Other famous persons influenced by Chesterton include Mahatma Gandhi, J.R.R. Tolkien, Alfred Hitchcock, Neil Gaiman, and Michael Crichton. However, one common complaint is that Chesterton's works can be difficult to understand.

"The idea behind Uncle Chestnut, a fictional version of G.K. Chesterton, was to present him in a way that could be enjoyed even by children, or provide a brief introduction for adults," said author Paul Nowak. "My hope is that by putting him in a more modern setting, retelling funny stories from his works and his life, blending it with his insight and telling the story from a child's perspective this book will make Chesterton more accessible and introduce him to a wider audience."

Wholesale and media inquiries can be directed to Paul Nowak via email at, or by calling 616-425-8873. For more information on the book visit or the publisher's site,

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