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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 Hustler
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Walter Tevis; Lionel Shriver
 
To Fast Eddie Felsen, a pool hustler, there was only one thing that mattered: to make the big time and the big money in the world of pool by beating...
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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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The glass bead game
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Hesse, Hermann
 
Translation of "Das Glasperlenspiel"
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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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The Flanders panel
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Pérez-Reverte, Arturo
 
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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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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 Queen's Gambit
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Walter Tevis; Lionel Shriver
Beth Harmon becomes an orphan when her parents are killed in an automobile accident. At eight years old, she is placed in an orphanage in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, where the...
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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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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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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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The Man with the Golden Arm
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Nelson Algren; Kurt Vonnegut; Irvine...
 
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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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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Chess
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Zweig, S.
 
Translation of "Schachnovelle"
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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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Battle Royale
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Koushun Takami
 
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