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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 Solitaire Mystery
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Jostein Gaarder
 
A spellbinding adventure, blending the threads of philosophy, fantasy and reality.
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