Tuesday, 16 October 2018

New Review

I'm a not a huge novel fan but I decided to take the time to read 'Playing to win' and I can honestly say it was time well spent. Great choice of vocabulary and give me a different prospective on life in the eyes of A young ambitious chess player. Excellent read and I definite recommend. The novel can be read within a week so does not drag on.

Thursday, 6 March 2014


Just had a quick review from Tim Fraser. "A fantastic read! I appreciate how Mark does not over complicate the novel! Once again a great read!! I liked the fact that I know very little about chess but still understood and enjoyed the read."

Quicker than my sister ;).

Just as a quick note... I sold Tim a copy of the novel while working in a place where we were treated like cattle. Even when working I was still thinking about selling the novel. And two years later there's a review :) Done this in a few other workplaces (treated better in those) and will post more reviews as I recieve them.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Write a Review

Hi. It's 2:34 and I'm writing a promo post :). If you're cool enough to have bought my novel I'd like you to write a review. You're already smart enough to have broken through the social norms and buy it, so now how about really getting to grips with it by writing a review! Let's take an example. Seven years after the novel came out I have finally sold a copy to my sister. (Full price, no discount but Paypal took a cut BOOOOOOOO!) So now it's time to see if Suzie can complete her homework assignment and write a review. It'll be a bit biased but whatever. If she does I'll post it on this blog. Still it's a real thanks if you're NOT a member of my family and have bought the book. If you'd write a review that'd be really cool and I'll appreciate it.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Chess Books for Sale

I've decided to sell practically all of my chess books.

Mastering the French Neil Mc Donald and Andrew Harley £5 Three Steps to Chess Mastery A Suetin £3 Batsford Chess Openings G Kasparov £5 The World's Greatest Chess Games G Burgess J Nunn J Emms £3 Master Chess N Davies D Kopec... £3 The Polgar Sisters £3 Steve Davis Plays Chess Steve Davis David Norwood £3

Winning Chess I Chernev and F Reinfield £3 Weapons of Chess B Pandolfini £3 Logical Chess Move by Move I Chernev £3 Winning Chess R Keene £3. Bulk buyers preffered for postage costs.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Playing to Win- New Introduction

I've written a new introduction for Playing to Win, just reflecting on the process of writing and what the novel means to me. All new purchasers will recieve this!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Playing to Win

Are you sick and tired of chess books which are full of theoretical knowledge that you never get into? Would you like to read a novel about chess which explored the gritty realism of the game?
Then Playing to Win is for you. Not only chess focused, it shows how Tom grows from boyhood to manhood with help from the game. Chess is used as a metaphor for the inward and outward struggle Tom experiences. The joys and sorrows of chess are accurately portrayed by the author who has been through these emotions himself. The novel uses chess as a metaphor for inward and outward struggle.

Tom, the hero, develops as a person through learning chess, eventually reaching the Grandmaster level, yet the book also deals with the challenges people have to face growing up. There's some tounge in cheek romance included. This novel performs the rare feat, seldom found in the game's literature, of accurately capturing the nature of the chess community and its struggle.

Only £9.49

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