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The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit

From the author of THE HUSTLER, THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT is a modern classic about a troubled chess prodigy and her battle to survive

When she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and as she progresses to the top of the US chess rankings she is able to forge a new life for herself. But she can never quite overcome her urge to self-destruct .

For Beth, there’s more at stake than merely winning and losing.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 14th April 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781474600842

Reviews

Mesmerizing
NEWSWEEK
The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years - for the pure pleasure and skill of it
Michael Ondaatje
Don't pick this up if you want a night's sleep
SCOTSMAN
More exciting than any thriller I've seen lately; more than that, beautifully written
Martin Cruz Smith
What Walter Tevis did for pool in The Hustler, he does for chess in The Queen's Gambit
PLAYBOY
A psychological thriller
NEW YORK TIMES
Walter Tevis is famous for writing The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth, but this is my favorite book of his. It is about a girl who, guided by her somewhat unreliable mother, becomes a child prodigy at chess. Even if you do not know how to play chess, it is a great thriller
Michael Ondaatje on The Books He Loves to Re-read, Literary Hub
Gripping reading . . . Nabokov's The Defense and Zweig's The Royal Game are the classics. Now joining them is The Queen's Gambit
FINANCIAL TIMES