All Fun and Games
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!
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...
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...
Translation of "Das Glasperlenspiel"
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...
A quiet masterpiece: two chancers take on two eccentric millionaires in a game of high-stakes poker, with Kafkaesque consequences.
Translation of "Schachnovelle"
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...
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...
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...
The brilliantly original new novel from Michael Chabon, author of THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY and WONDER BOYS.
"Top of the class" now has a whole new meaning ...
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...
Philip K. Dick
An idea that predates both THE TRUMAN SHOW and THE MATRIX from one of SF's greats.
A flamboyant party host is murdered in full view of a roomful of bridge players...
The new novel from the Orange Prize winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin
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.