Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Kate over at BooksAreMyFavouriteAndBest. She sets the starting point and participants add six more titles linked in any way they choose.
This month we start with Eats, Shoots and Leaves, a great book about English grammar by Lynne Truss. I remember reading and enjoying it when it was first published. But then I am a total grammar nerd (split infinitive, anyone?), so I was definitely its target audience.
Thinking about the English language put me in mind of an excellent-sounding book that I have on my non-fiction TBR list about the origins of writing: The Golden Thread by Ewan Clayton.
And where might one do one’s writing? Doris Lessing has the right idea with her 1960s novel The Golden Notebook. I have copies of both this book, and several gorgeous, as yet pristine notebooks. I must get them all out some time.
Meanwhile, Lessing’s novel is set in London, as is The Golden Bowl by Henry James. I have recently been looking at James’ work, having heard a recommendation for The Aspern Papers (check out this wonderful episode of Tea, Toast and Trivia). The Golden Bowl looks like a great read too.
A key part of the plot of The Golden Bowl appears to hinge on secrets and mistrust. Similar narrative devices are used by Francis Spufford in Golden Hill, in which a stranger turns up in an 18th century counting house claiming to have an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket. Can this be true….?
Pockets are (usually) made out of fabric, which gives me a link to my final book. Kassia St Clair has written an amazing-sounding book about how fabric changed the course of history called, yes, The Golden Thread. Thus we can neatly close the loop on this ‘all that glitters’ chain – always a very satisfying bonus!
Next month, we’ll be starting with Postcards From The Edge by Carrie Fisher. See you then! 😀