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Six degrees of separation, FROM Wolfe Island TO …

March 7, 2020

It’s March, so soon? Oh well, at least we have another Six Degrees of Separation to look forward to. As always, for those of you who don’t know this meme and how it works, please check out meme host Kate’s blog – booksaremyfavouriteandbest.

Once again, but I’m used to this now, I haven’t read Kate’s starting book, Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar. I am, I must say, more embarrassed about this than usual, because Treloar is an Australian woman writer and I do like to support them!

But now, crunch-time. Because life has been busy lately, I am going to be lazy. Not only am I going to make this post short and sweet, but all my links will be on words in the title or author’s name, with a little bit of poetic licence taken along the way.

Book coverSo, we start with Lucy Treloar’s Wolfe Island

and immediately time-shift back to Tudor England and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (my review).

From here, we return to our times and Rodney Hall’s A stolen season (my review).

Now, I just can’t let “stolen” pass without referencing Carmel Bird’s (ed) The stolen children: Their stories (my review).

Children takes me to Helen Garner’s The children’s Bach (my review) …

at which point I beg your forgiveness, because we are going to Rebekah Clarkson’s Barking dogs (my review).

Dogs! Now there’s an embarrassment of riches. Since blogging, I’ve read several books with “dog” in their title, so which to choose? I thought, in the interest of gender diversity, that I should choose one by a male writer, but in fact most of them have been written by men, so, I’m just going to spin the dice and land on … Andrew O’Hagan’s The life and opinions of Maf the dog and of his friend Marilyn Monroe (my review). I mean how can you resist a title like that!

So, short and sweet as promised. What more can I say, except …

And now, the usual: Have you read Wolfe Island? And, regardless, what would you link to? 

POSTSCRIPT: This went out with last month’s title – that’s what you get for being lazy and copying old posts!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2020 10:27

    Oh gosh, here we are again! I was just about to give my tired eyes a rest, and now I need to get on with this.
    I know, I know, I could skip it, I have before. But Wolfe Island, as you say, is ours, and so can’t be skipped.
    I shall take the dog for a walk and get the thinking part done as we walk…

  2. March 7, 2020 13:05

    I had a few goes at this months with one attempt starting with Wolf Hall but I ended up going in a different direction altogether. I do love that title of the last one!

    Mine will be up tomorrow.

    • March 7, 2020 14:38

      Haha, Marg, I’m so cross I did that! However, I had more goes this month than I usually do too. I think that’s because there were so many ways to go – an embarrassment of riches!! I shally try to remember to check yours tomorrow.

  3. March 7, 2020 18:04

    I can’t believe I didn’t think of linking to Wolf Hall, one of my favourite books! I haven’t read Wolfe Island – and hadn’t heard of it before and as I can’t find it on Amazon UK that’s probably not surprising. My first link is to the author’s name – Lucy, The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foly.

    • March 7, 2020 19:16

      How funny Margaret. I nearly didn’t link to Wolf Hall because I thought everyone would! I’m not surprised you haven’t heard of Wolfe Island – so many authors don’t get known outside Australia. Anyhow, I’ll come check out your chain.

  4. Meg permalink
    March 7, 2020 19:18

    Hi Sue, I had some of your links as well as Margaret’s.:I wish I had thought of The Childrens Bach! Beginning with Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar;, The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney; Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; Barking Dogs by Rebekah Clarkson;, The Sea Wolf by Jack London, Women Who Run with Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes; and ending on Bruny Island by Heather Rose.

    • March 7, 2020 19:28

      Oh good ones Meg. I have read The tenderness of wolves but long before blogging. I hope to read Bruny Island in the next few weeks. It’s getting higher in the pile!

  5. March 7, 2020 20:11

    Dogs actually feature in Wolfe Island with importance so you’ve unwittingly come full circle!

  6. March 8, 2020 17:14

    Wolfe Island is a very interesting book (and almost became your birthday present). I’d link it to Valeria Luiselli’s The Lost Children Archive. Why? Not because both novels feature significant dogs (The Lost Children Archive doesn’t), but because they explore the issue of seeking asylum in the US in interesting ways. I’m not going past there, however.

    • March 8, 2020 18:24

      Thanks Ian. I must try to read this. BTW I did like very much the Luiselli book I’ve read. Would Nato read more of her too.

  7. March 9, 2020 02:49

    You are right, that’s quite the title, thanks for sharing your chain this month.

  8. March 9, 2020 16:48

    Have not heard of the last book in your chain but that title is irresistible!

    • March 9, 2020 17:16

      It’s a great title isn’t it? It was a book group read, and enjoyed it. Maf really was a dog given to Marilyn Monroe by Frank Sinatra – but I don’t think the real dog could talk as this Maf can! (At least, he talks to the reader.)

  9. March 9, 2020 19:15

    What a nice chain! Words in the titles always works!

    • March 9, 2020 20:59

      Thanks Davida – it was a bit short and quick, but I like to mix up my chains every now and then.

  10. March 10, 2020 09:18

    Wolfe Island is outstanding. Brilliant. Wonderful. Beautifully written, effortlessly readable and with compelling, subtle insights into the issues we all face today. I loved Lucy Treloar’s first novel Salt Creek and was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t like this second one. But it’s possible that I love it more. And I was gutted that it wasn’t on the Stella lists. Move it up your TBR pile – you won’t be sorry.

    • March 10, 2020 09:24

      I don’t have it Michelle – and I have so many in the pile, that’s tricky to justify. But I am keen to read it, partly too because I know Chesapeake Bay – well I’ve been there anyhow.

      • March 10, 2020 11:52

        Then, when the time comes, I will look forward to hearing what you think about it. No rush though, I’m not going anywhere!

  11. March 12, 2020 05:40

    That was a whirlwind of fun. Quite a leap from Bach to bark but forgiveness is granted 😉 Now, are you going to read Wolfe Island or some other Lucy Treloar book?

    • March 12, 2020 10:12

      Haha I knew you’d forgive me Stefanie as you’re that kind of gal! ❤️ I really would like to read Wolfe Island and her first as both are reviewed well and have great settings.

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