Six Degrees of Separation – from The Narrow Road to the Deep North to Laurinda


It’s time again for my favourite meme. Based on the concept of six degrees of separation, Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith have created #6DEGREES, where bloggers share links between books in six moves. Check out the rules if you want to play along.

This month the chain starts with the 2014 Booker winner, Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North. I haven’t read it (yet) but it sits alongside a bunch of other books on a list that I compiled of the books that appear most frequently on all of the Best Books of 2014 lists. Another book on that list that I plan to read is Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi.

Based purely on the title, my next link is to The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

Fortunately the rules of this meme are of the relaxed variety because my next link, to Julie and Julia by Julie Powell is tenuous indeed (hint: Child).

I’m partial to stories about chefs, kitchens and cooking, which leads me to Nigel Slater’s Toast, a biography of a childhood remembered through food.

An undoubtedly less happy memoir is Alice Sebold’s Lucky – I’m sure I would have read The Lovely Bones through different eyes if I’d read Lucky first.

And while we’re on the topic of tenuous links, my final selection is Laurinda by Alice Pung (both have authors named Alice and yellow covers).

There is a common thread running through my selections this month – I’m yet to read any of them!


8 responses

  1. I’ve read The Snow Child – it was a lovely book. Toast looks really entertaining too, and I keep hearing about Laurinda. Hope these books meet your expectations.

    • Not sure why I haven’t got to The Snow Child as yet – I pre-ordered it and yet, years later, it’s still sitting in my TBR stack.

      More and more YA is creeping into my reading – not because I particularly enjoy it but more because I’m trying to keep up with what my kids are reading. I’ve heard great things about Laurinda.

  2. I’ve read Toast and Lucky. 2 very different memoirs! Toast was adapted for TV here, did they show it in Australia? Helena Bonham Carter plays the wicked step-mother…

    Boy Snow Bird looks great – it’s on my TBR too (which means I’ll probably get to it in eleventy-million years)

    • We haven’t had Toast here (I’m sure I would have noticed because I love Helena BC) – I’m looking forward to it. Can’t say I’m ‘looking forward’ to Lucky, more steeling myself for it. I figure if someone is brave enough to write a book like that, it deserves an audience.

  3. I’ve read Toast and enjoyed it. As for The Snow Child – probably the most unexpectedly wonderful book I’ve ever read. I thought it just wouldn’t be my ‘alpha-male all-action hero that-I-think-I-am’ sort of thing!………instead I was enthralled by it – another book in finished on a train while crying like a baby!

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