It’s six degrees of separation for books. Created by Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith. Check out the rules if you want to play along.
This month the chain begins with Matt Haig’s memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive. I haven’t read this book (and it sounds like tough reading) but I have read dozens of other memoirs. One of my favourites is Leanne Shapton’s Swimming Studies – a truly original book about one of my favourite things, swimming!
Bad Behaviour takes place in a boarding school. I love books set in boarding schools – no idea why. Another terrific story about ‘bad behaviour’ in a boarding school is Amber Dermont’s The Starboard Sea.
The seaside setting plays a role in Dermont’s story, as it does in Elena Ferrante’s unnerving tale, The Lost Daughter.
From The Lost Daughter I immediately jump to The Secret Son by Jenny Ackland. The link? Well they sound the same but different. And Ackland launched her book last week and I spotted it in my favourite book shop alongside Ferrante’s latest release (The Story of the Lost Child).
Memoirs, swimming, boarding schools and offspring, all in six moves.