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The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis



We were absorbed by the series of this book The Queen's Gambit on Netflix. The story, the characterisation, the fashion and interiors of the 50s and 60s had us hooked.

When Beth Harmon is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight she soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings: 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. The Queen's Gambit is a powerful portrait of genius and addiction, success and survival.