Six Degrees of Separation – from Sanditon to Bunny

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

We begin with Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript, Sanditon. I have watched the BBC series based on what Austen begun and enjoyed it immensely.

At the same time as I was watching Sanditon, I was also watching Catherine the Great on Foxtel’s excellent BBC channel – I tuned in because I recently read Catherine the Great by Robert Massie.

There were so many fascinating details about the mad, petulant behaviour of royalty in Massie’s book (particularly Peter III’s games with toy soldiers) – it reminded me of similar details about the Danish monarchs in Rose Tremain’s Music and Silence.

Tremain’s memoir, Rosie, was on my 2018 Year of Sample Saturdays list. I haven’t read it yet, but one that I have read from that list is Eggshells by Caitriona Lally.

In Eggshells, the main character, Vivian, advertises for a friend named Penelope, which links to Rebecca Harrington’s Penelope.

Penelope is a strange and darkly funny campus-lit novel, as is Bunny by Mona Awad (although Bunny is even stranger and darker).

From drawing rooms to campus-lit, I wonder where other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (January 4, 2020), we’ll begin with the 2019 best-seller, Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

37 responses

  1. Ooh blimey – is it that time already? It only seems like 5mins ago that we were doing last month’s 6 degrees! Anyway, this is a great chain as always. I love Rose Tremain’s work and have M&S on my shelf, so thanks for the reminder. I also loved Daisy Jones so will look forward to compiling a chain from that. 😀

    • I’ve only watched the first two episodes so far. The first was fairly close to Austen – she only wrote 11 chapters – but the second took off on its own journey. Davies has channelled a lot of Austen’s other books and other adaptations to pull this off. I’m interested to see where he goes and what he thinks Austen was doing OR what he’d have liked Austen to do.

      I think you’re right Karen about the missing wit. Some of the casting is good, particularly Theo James for Tom Parker. He hits the note well (so far anyhow.)

      In the end I fear it’s going to be too derivative though perhaps with so little to work on that’s what he felt he had to do.

  2. I really want to read Tremain one day! Enjoyed your list Kate, but once again you’re starting the year with a book I haven’t read. Indeed it’s a bestseller I haven’t heard of, not even the author. I clearly keep my nose buried OR, my memory is terrible.

    Anyhow, here is my link: https://whisperinggums.com/2019/12/07/six-degrees-of-separation-from-sanditon-to/

    Thanks for another great year of enjoyable SIX DEGREES. I’ve had a lot of fun.

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  4. I fancy reading Robert Massie’s book and Rose Tremain’s Music and Silence. I’m looking forward to finding out about Daisy Jones and the Six as I’ve never come across it before!

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  7. I love your chain this month. I read Rosie earlier in the year and have enjoyed some of Tremain’s novels, but haven’t read Music and Silence yet. The Robert Massie book appeals to me too. I’m looking forward to next month’s chain as I have just started reading Daisy Jones and the Six!

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