First Saturday of the month, time for the super monthly tag Six Degrees of Separation, which is hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest, Six Degrees of Separation #6degrees picks a starting book for participants to go wherever it takes them in six more steps. Links to my reviews are in the titles of the books chosen.
This month our starting book is…
Wifedom by Anna Funder
Australian journalist Funder’s latest book which I’ve not read yet is about George Orwell’s long suffering and very-hard-done-by wife, Eileen. My link is to a novel about Orwell…
Barnhill by Norman Bissell
After Eileen died, and Orwell couldn’t find a woman who’d consent to marry him (he asked three!) he retreated to a remote farmhouse on Jura, where all the ideas that had been fermenting in his brain came together and 1984 was the result. Bissell’s well-researched novel brings this period in the mid 1940s to life.
My link is to another Scottish Island
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
The only other book I’ve read set on a Scottish Island is Anne Cleeves’ first Jimmy Perez novel, volume one of the Shetland Quartet. A girl ends up dead, and Perez is under pressure to solve the murder before Up Helly Aa – the Shetlanders’ Viking fire festival. A super start to the series. My link is via Raven to
The Strays of Paris by Jane Smiley
Smiley’s Parisian animal fable has a racehorse as protagonist, supported by a whole host of other animals: a dog, a pair of ducks called Sid and Nancy, a rat and a raven called Raoul. It’s a delightful animal tale, but very whimsical indeed. The hardback has lovely Map Endpapers, as does…
Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne
Ernest Shepard’s lovely endpapers of the 100 Acres Wood are simply the stuff of childhood, and were probably the first maps I came across in a book.
My link is Winnie, also the name of a character in…
The Housekeepers by Alex Hay
This historical heist thriller was a real hit with me this summer. Set in 1905, it begins with Mrs King, the housekeeper of a mansion on Park Lane, being sacked. Mrs King, however, has many secrets herself, and also knows all the secrets of the house. She is planning a huge heist on the night of the ball to be held there. A huge cast of supporting actors, including Winnie the prostitute help her put her revenge plan into action. Complex and twisty, this was a great read. My final link is via the robbery to …
The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen
It’s the 1930s at the height of the great depression, and former public enemy number one, John Dillinger, has been sent to his grave. Stepping up to the top spot on the G-Men’s wanted list are the Firefly Brothers. As the book opens, Jason and Whit Fireson wake up to find themselves laid out on tables in the morgue, both riddled with bulletholes. They should be dead but inexplicably they’re alive. So the Firefly brothers get a miraculous second chance. Beyond the gangster fun, Mullen explores the hard times that punctured the American Dream and produced the bad boy heroes which gave this period-thriller substance making it a pleasure to read.
That’s my six degrees done for the month. Are you having a go too?