Walter Tevis was an American novelist and short story writer. Whilst a student at the University of Kentucky, Tevis worked in a pool hall and published a story about the game for an English class. He would later revisit his love for pool in the novels THE HUSTLER (1959) and THE COLOR OF MONEY (1984), both of which would be adapted into multiple award-winning films starring Paul Newman. Among his other works, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1963) and MOCKINGBIRD (1980) are considered masterpieces of science fiction. Tevis died in 1984.
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 -- Michael Ondaatje on The Books He Loves to Re-read * Literary Hub * A psychological thriller * NEW YORK TIMES * What Walter Tevis did for pool in The Hustler, he does for chess in The Queen's Gambit * PLAYBOY * More exciting than any thriller I've seen lately; more than that, beautifully written -- Martin Cruz Smith Don't pick this up if you want a night's sleep * SCOTSMAN * Mesmerizing * NEWSWEEK * The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years - for the pure pleasure and skill of it -- Michael Ondaatje 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 *