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The Death's Head Chess Club
Author: John Donoghue

ISBN: 9781782393139
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 24 February 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.7
Readers have been blown away by The Death's Head Chess Club - a deeply poignant and moving debut novel about the extraordinary relationship between an SS officer and a Jewish watchmaker.

SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz fresh from fighting on the Russian Front. After being badly wounded he is fit only for administrative duty and his first and most pressing task is to improve flagging camp morale among the officers and enlisted men. He sets up a chess club, which thrives as under-the-table bets are made on the results of the games. When Meissner learns from a chance remark that chess is also played by the prisoners, however, he becomes intrigued by the rumour of a Jewish watchmaker who is unbeatable

About the Author

John Donoghue has worked in mental health for over twenty years and written numerous articles about the treatment of mental illness in a variety of medical journals. He is married and lives in Liverpool.

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