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The Thief

Gameshouse Novella 2

By Claire North

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

From Claire North comes the second of three digital-only novellas set in the ingenious and thrilling world of the Gameshouse.

The Gameshouse is an unusual institution.

Many know it as the place where fortunes can be made and lost though games of Chess, Backgammon - every game under the sun.

But a select few, who are picked to compete in the higher league, know that some games are played for higher stakes - those of politics and empires, of economics and kings . . .

In 1930s Bangkok, one higher league player has just been challenged to a game of hide and seek. The board is all of Thailand - and the seeker will use any means possible to hunt down his quarry - be it police, government, strangers or even spies . . .

Biographical Notes

Claire North is the pen name for the Carnegie-nominated Catherine Webb. Her previous novel The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, the Waterstones Book Club and the Radio 2 Book Club. Catherine currently works as a theatre lighting designer and is a fan of big cities, urban magic, Thai food and graffiti-spotting. She lives in London. Find her on Twitter as @ClaireNorth42

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  • ISBN: 9780356504506
  • Publication date: 03 Nov 2015
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  • Imprint: Orbit
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Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling . . . one of the fiction highlights of the decade — Judy Finnigan on THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST
Beautiful and gripping — GUARDIAN on THE FIFST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST
Astonishing . . . Bold, magical and masterful — M. R. Carey on THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST
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