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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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Battle Royale
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Koushun Takami
 
The Cult Japanese bestselling phenomenon. "Top of the class" now has a whole new meaning ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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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Chess: A Novel
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Stefan Zweig; Anthea Bell
 
On a cruiseship bound for Buenos Aires, a passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match. He accepts with a sneer. The chess board is surrounded. At first, the...
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