Six Degrees of Separation – from Phosphorescence to Mothering Sunday

It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up.

This month we begin with Phosphorescence by Julia Baird. My love for this book is no secret, and I found great comfort in Baird’s words during Melbourne’s extended lockdown last year.

Baird refers to forest therapy – there’s a tradition of forest therapy/ forest bathing in both Germany and Japan. The main text documenting forest therapy is Shinrin-Yoku by Dr. Qing Li.

In complete contrast to Li’s forest-bathing, Japan’s ‘suicide forest’ is referred to in a powerful story in Jennifer Down’s collection, Pulse Points.

Also in Pulse Points is a story about children being cared for by their grandparents, which brought to mind Favel Parrett’s beautiful novel, There Was Still Love.

There Was Still Love focuses on the relationship between twin sisters, as does Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld.

The sisters in Sisterland have psychic abilities, as does a key character in Patrick deWitt’s French Exit.

The film version of French Exit has just been released. Another book-to-film that I’m looking forward to this year is Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift.

Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (April 3, 2021), we’ll start with the 2020 Booker Prize winner, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

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  3. Good timing for your chain as Mothering Sunday is on the 14th here in the UK — though perhaps Australia has a different Mother’s Day (in the States it’s in mid-May)? I read about forest bathing in Losing Eden by Lucy Jones. I’d like to read the Favel Parrett, and I’ve read your final three.

  4. Nice! I discovered the concept forest therapy a few years ago, though I have basically experienced it with my husband while walking. I know there are official groups close to use (Chicagoland), so one day I may be curious to see concretely how they do it

  5. I enjoyed putting this month’s chain together, even though I hadn’t read the starting book. I have read Mothering Sunday, which I liked, but all of the other books in your chain are new to me.

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  7. It’s been ages since I joined in here, Kate. My chain is now added to the linky. I’m looking forward to Phosphorescence and I loved Mothering Sunday so the two ends of your chain particularly grab me. I didn’t know there was to be a film of Mothering Sunday. I remember when I read it thinking it would make a good film. I’ll be keen to see it once it’s out.

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