From Claire North comes the second of three digital-only novellas set in the ingenious and thrilling world of the Gameshouse.
The second installment of the Gameshouse, a mesmerising tale of a mystical gambling house whose deadly games of chance and skill control the fate of empires.
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 . . .
The three installments of the Gameshouse are also available in a single edition.
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
Beautifully written and structured . . . a remarkable book
Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose debut novel was written when she was just fourteen years old. She has fast established herself as one of the most powerful and imaginative voices in modern fiction. Her first book published under the Claire North pen name was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her follow-up, Touch, was described by the Independent as 'little short of a masterpiece'. Her next novel, The Sudden Appearance of Hope, won the 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and The End of the Day was shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Her 2018 novel 84K received a special citation at the Philip K. Dick Awards, and her latest novel, The Pursuit of William Abbey, has been shortlisted for a Locus award. Claire lives in London.