6 Degrees of Separation: From a Murmur to a Howl 1st June 2019

It’s the first Saturday of the month so it’s time for 6 Degrees of Separation!

Here’s how it works: a book is chosen as a starting point by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

Kate says: Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal or esoteric ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge. Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the comments section of each month’s post.   You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees

This month’s starting book is Murmur by Will Eaves, winner of the 2109 Wellcome Prize.  Murmur is a book I haven’t read myself but you can find a fantastic review of it here by Susan at A Life in Books. To quote from her review, the book is about a man ‘undergoing chemical castration having been convicted of gross indecency. Although the man is given a different name, it’s clear Alan Turing’s is the experience that Eaves is imagining.’


It was the title of the book and the definition of the word ‘murmur’ (a softly spoken or almost inaudible utterance) that gave me inspiration to create a sound-related chain of increasing (excuse the pun) volume.  Click on the book title to read the description on Goodreads or my review.

Whisper by Lynette Noni

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald

The Shout & Other Stories by Robert Graves

Roar by Cecilia Ahern

Howl by Allen Ginsberg

So in this month’s chain we’ve gone from a murmur to a howl. Where did your chain take you?

16 thoughts on “6 Degrees of Separation: From a Murmur to a Howl 1st June 2019

  1. A great idea for your links – very clever! Why are there so many books I haven’t read …? (The answer is obvious – too many books and too little time)

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  2. What a great way to make a chain – by using the title of the book. I’m loving these, and glad I started participating. I’m looking forward to next month with Where the Wild Things Are!

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  3. I can’t believe it – we’ve done the same thing – except I went loud in the middle and back to quiet at the end. Superb links (of course!). The only one I’ve read is Murmur itself which was brilliant, but challenging.

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  4. Thank you so much for the link, Cathy, and for your kind words. I felt I’d failed dismally to capture the book so you’ve cheered me up! Great way to end a set of links that begins with such an experimental piece of fiction.

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  5. This is so creative! I love how this meme can be interpreted so many different ways. I haven’t read any of the books in your chain, but could be tempted by The Cry.

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