It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up!
Atonement by Ian McEwan is the starting point this month. Atonement was my introduction to McEwan and I loved it. The first book you read from an author creates an impression and after reading Atonement, I went out of my way to read McEwan’s back-catalogue. Likewise with Sonya Hartnett – I started with Butterfly and have since read nearly all of her work.
Butterfly focuses on eating disorders, as does Portia de Rossi’s memoir, Unbearable Lightness.
I read Unbearable Lightness with morbid curiosity – some of de Rossi’s admissions were so startling and horrifying, I couldn’t help but read bits out to other people (particularly the sobbing and lunges bit). It was the same with the sections on childbirth on the Ballarat goldfields in Clare Wright’s The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka – truly traumatic (the bits about babies that get ‘stuck’ will never leave my mind).
The Forgotten Rebels tells the history of the Victorian gold rush through the stories of particular women. I like reading history when it’s written in such a personal way. Similar is Rory MacLean’s Berlin: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries. MacLean’s book of essays tells the story of Berlin over five centuries, through a series of portraits of two dozen key residents.
Another ARC that I was thrilled to receive is Claire Fuller’s latest, Bitter Orange. I loved her first two books, so my final link turns this chain into a circle (which I’m feeling quite pleased about!). Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.
Next month (September 1, 2018), we’ll begin with a book by an author that I’ll be seeing at the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival – Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson.