About this book
A new edition of the classic 1999 novel from Unsworth, now published by Random House. Charles's life is in turmoil when he uncovers evidence which tarnishes the reputation of his idol, Nelson. 'It is accomplished, effective, exciting and intelligent...' Hilary Mantel, "Sunday Times"
As the child of an absent mother and a disapproving father, Charles Cleasby found comfort in solitary games of chess. Many years later, in the house where he grew up and now lives alone, he re-enacts the naval battles of his hero Horatio Nelson, moving model ships as carefully as he once did chess pieces.