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A Brief History of Puzzles

William Hartston

RRP: £10.99

7 November 2019

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786494269

RRP: £6.99

7 November 2019

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786494283

From ancient riddles to modern Sudoko, people have been fascinated by puzzles. Whether they are seen as a glorious waste of time, a harmless way to spend a train journey or a valuable way of exercising the mind, the lure of puzzles has been irresistible.

By using over a hundred of examples of the most mindbending, the most challenging, the most satisfying, or simply the most humorous of puzzles throughout the ages, William Hartston traces the development of brainteasers of all varieties and the increasing ingenuity of puzzle setters from ancient civilisations to modern puzzle crazes.