The Queen's Gambit: Now a Major Netflix Drama - W&N Essentials (Paperback)Walter Tevis (author)
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A piercing character study filled with breath-taking suspense, Tevis’s psychological thriller about an orphan who becomes a child prodigy at chess cuts deep into the experience of obsession, addiction and trauma.
Now a major Netflix series.
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.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm
'Superb' - Time Out
'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
'The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years - for the pure pleasure and skill of it. Mesmerizing' - Newsweek
'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. 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' - Literary Hub
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