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The Ball and the Cross illustrated by Ben Hatke

  • Coming Soon! A classic steampunk adventure by G.K. Chesterton illustrated by Ben Hatke!
  • The malevolent professor Lucifer abandons Monk Michael at the top of St. Paul's Cathedral
  • The Catholic McIan and the atheist Turnbull are determined to duel to the death--but will anyone let them?
  • Turnbull and MacIan meet one of many strange characters on their odyssey.
  • The two opponents are forced to become allies.
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"Stand Up and Fight, You Crapulous Coward!"

A sinister spaceship captures an innocent monk ... a pugnacious atheist and a devout Catholic vow to duel to the death ... and a cross-country chase ensues! 

When two men decide to fight for their respective beliefs, they discover to their astonishment that an unbelieving world won't let them, and they find themselves partners and fugitives from the law in this steampunk satire.

Penned by G.K. Chesterton in 1909, this whimsical and biting novel eerily foreshadows a world in which "tolerance" is the only god and all those who believe ideas are worth dying for are forced to stand together to defend freedom of speech and belief.  

This new *slightly* abridged edition of The Ball and the Cross from Chesterton Press contains splendid illustrations by Ben Hatke, author of the best-selling Angel in the Waters and Zita the Spacegirl and Eisner-award-winning artist. 

"This is a great and as always, very prescient, book by GKC. Excellent for a time such as now, when we're are told that what we believe is wrong and crazy and a pathetic minority... when in fact, it is sanity. The illustrations by Ben Hatke bring a Chestertonian life and fun to the pages. A joy to read." Kaiser Johnson, Catholic actor, Imdb.me/kaiserjohnson


262 pages, illustrated
6.14" x 9.21" 


 Read the first 4 chapters of this edition of The Ball and the Cross by G.K. Chesterton


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  1. Can't give away this gem as I intended 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2014

    Have been engrossed with this story ever since it arrived. The storytelling is compelling and the way it is told makes you stop and savor the truths it speaks so that you can remember them. Also, chuckling aloud cannot be helped. The illustrations are delicious and add to the enjoyment of the story. Bought as a present, now I'll only loan it out.

  2. Fantastic Edition 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Aug 2014

    Obviously the story is great. It's Chesterton. I won't say anything more about that since it's pretty easy to find free digital copies of the story if you *desperately* want to read it without paying a cent. However, you should probably buy this edition instead of going to Project Gutenberg. Why? 1) It's well bound. The book hasn't endured the the final test of true love, but it definitely isn't a flimsy paperback. 2) The illustrations are gorgeous. I was already a fan of Ben Hatke's artwork, but this is one of my favorite books that he has done. Might have something to do with all the pen and ink... 3) Chesterton Press is wonderful. I received my book within a couple days of ordering, which I didn't expect at all. 4) Why get a poorly formatted ebook when you can have the real thing?

  3. A truely Chestertonian romp punctuated with illuminating illustrations 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Aug 2014

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is one that only Chesterton could tell and told as only he could tell it. A whirlwind of adventure, unique and unusual characters, humor and philosophical insights. The combined joy of being so brilliantly entertained while confronted with such profound insights make this book a must for any Chesterton fan.The illustrations are delightful.