#6Degrees 6 Degrees of Separation: From Normal People to Chanel’s Riviera

It’s the first Saturday of the month which means 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

9780571334650This month’s starting book is Normal People by Sally Rooney which I’ve not read (I must be the last person in the world not to have done so) but have heard a lot about, not least because of the recent TV adaptation. It’s about two people who meet at Trinity College Dublin.

Shadowplay AudiobookThe mention of Dublin takes me to Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor, shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2020. The novel is a fictionalized account of the life of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Along the way Stoker encounters a number of famous figures, including Oscar Wilde whom he first meets in Dublin.

The Secrets of Primrose SquareAlso set in the Irish capital is The Secrets of Primrose Square by Claudia Carroll. The book takes the reader inside the lives of a number of characters living in a small square in Dublin.

TheseDividingWallsAnother book which focuses on a community living in close proximity is These Dividing Walls by Fran Cooper. The setting this time is a Paris apartment block during a long hot summer of unrest in the capital.

Paris EchoUnsurprisingly, Paris is also the location for Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks. In the book, one of the main characters has returned to the French capital to research the experiences of women who lived through the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War 2.

CountessA Countess in Limbo: Diaries in War & Revolution by Olga Hendrikoff chronicles her experiences of living in Russia at the outbreak of World War 1 and in occupied Paris during World War 2.

Chanels RivieraFinally, Chanel’s Riviera by Anne de Courcy also depicts the experiences of people in World War 2 but this time those, such as designer Coco Chanel, whose previously privileged and glamorous lives were transformed in an instant following the fall of France.

Paris and Dublin have been our locations this time. Where did your chain take you this month?

11 thoughts on “#6Degrees 6 Degrees of Separation: From Normal People to Chanel’s Riviera

  1. Good work! The two apartment books made me think of Alexander McCall Smith’s fun 44 Scotland Street series! I have the last two on my TBR already–if I ever get to them! I like Anne de Courcy –I’m listening to The Husband Hunters right now and have enjoyed other books by her.

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