A modern classic about a troubled chess prodigy and her battle to survive --- a coming of age story of feminism, chess and addiction.
Now a major Netflix series starring Anya Taylor-Joy from Academy-Award nominee Scott Frank and BAFTA nominee Allan Scott.
'Superb' Time Out
'Gripping' Financial Times
'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
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.
'Few novelists have written about genius - and addiction - as acutely as Walter Tevis' The Telegraph