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Mystery writer Stanley Ellin once said 'The way he plays chess demonstrates a man's whole nature', and indeed any game of skill requires a modicum of guile. So whether it's the subtle gambit of Vladmir Nabokov's Luzhin Defense, the bravado of Walter Tevis' pool-playing Hustler or the peculiar appeal of 'Where Will The Little Green Man Be Next?' in Philip K Dick's Time out of Joint, you'll find some fascinating battles of wits in this selection. So, make your choice: the game's afoot!

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The Handmaid's Tale
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Margaret Atwood
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of...
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London Fields
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Martin Amis
 
The narrator, Samson Young, enters the Black Cross, a thoroughly undesirable public house, and finds the main players of his drama assembled, just waiting to begin. It's a gift of...
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The Glass Bead Game
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Hermann Hesse
 
In the remote Kingdom of Castalia, the scholars of the Twenty Third century play the Glass Bead Game. The elaborately coded game is a fusion of all human knowledge -...
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and...
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Lewis Carroll; John Tenniel; Hugh...
 
Conjured up one 'golden afternoon' in 1862 to entertain Alice Liddell, the daughter of the dean of Carroll's college, the dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom depict...
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union
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Michael Chabon
 
The brilliantly original new novel from Michael Chabon, author of THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY and WONDER BOYS.
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The Gambler and Other Stories
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Ronald Meyer
 
A collection of one novella and six short stories - "The Gambler", "Bobok", "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man", "A Christmas Party and a Wedding", "A Nasty Story" and "The...
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Time Out of Joint
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Philip K. Dick
 
An idea that predates both THE TRUMAN SHOW and THE MATRIX from one of SF's greats.
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Another Part of the Wood
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Beryl Bainbridge
 
Joseph decides to take his mistress and son, together with a few friends, to stay in a cabin in deepest Wales for the weekend - with absolutely disastrous results.
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The Music of Chance
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Paul Auster
 
A quiet masterpiece: two chancers take on two eccentric millionaires in a game of high-stakes poker, with Kafkaesque consequences.
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The Man with the Golden Arm
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Nelson Algren; Studs Terkel; Kurt...
 
Tells the story of Frankie Machine, the golden arm dealer at a back street Chicago gambling den. Frankie reckons he's a tough guy in the Chicago underworld but finds that...
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The Luzhin Defense
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Vladimir Nabokov; John Updike; ...
 
Discovering his prodigious gift in boyhood and rising to the rank of International Grandmaster, Luzhin develops a lyrical passion for chess. As he confronts the fiery, swift-swooping Italian Grandmaster Turati...
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Zugzwang
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Ronan Bennett
 
St Petersburg, 1914. Dr Otto Spethmann, a famous psychoanalyst, is implicated in a murder. But he is preoccupied with Avrom Rozental, the brilliant chess master who is due to play...
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Cards on the Table
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Agatha Christie
 
A flamboyant party host is murdered in full view of a roomful of bridge players...
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The Joy Luck Club
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Amy Tan
 
In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new...
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The Flanders Panel
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Arturo Perez-Reverte; Margaret Jull...
 
The clue to a murder in the art world of contemporary Madrid lies hidden in a medieval painting of a game of chess. In a 15th-century Flemish painting two noblemen...
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The Solitaire Mystery
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Jostein Gaarder
 
A spellbinding adventure, blending the threads of philosophy, fantasy and reality.
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