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.