Sunday, September 03, 2023

Six Degrees of Separation: Wifedom to Wolf of the Plains



Welcome to this month's edition of Six Degrees of Separation, which is a monthly meme hosted by Kate from Books Are My Favourite and Best.  The idea is to start with a specific book and make a series of links from one book to the next using whatever link you can find and see where you end up after six links.  I am also linking this post up with The Sunday Salon, hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz. 


The starting Point for this month is Wifedom by Anna Funder whicch tells the story of George Orwell and his wife.

Another book about a famous author and his wife is Paris Wife by Paula McCain which tells the story of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley Richardson and their lives in Paris.

Now the most obvious jump from here are the many many books I have read set in Paris but I am going to avoid this for now. We may still end up there! Instead, I am going to go to another famous literary couple who hung out in France, F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and their letters which were published in a book called 

Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

I do like a really good book epistolary novel and I just happen to have read one last night called Love and Saffron by Kim Fay.

A while ago I read a dual timeline novel called The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant which is set in Tudor times.

This leads me quite nicely to Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, another book set in the Tudor court of Henry VIII.

And then to Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden, which is a historical fiction novel based on the life of Genghis Khan. I presume that his wife/wives might get a mention?

The starting point for next month is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Will you be joining us?


  1. Selamat menikmati bacaan yang anda senangi.

  2. Well, if that last one doesn't include any of his wives, then it isn't for me. Lovely non-Paris chain here!

  3. Wolf Hall is the only one of these I've read, but Wolf of the Plains sounds very interesting. I don't think I've read anything about Genghis Khan

  4. I like how you chose the Road Less Traveled this month. I'm pretty sure I would have ended up in Paris.

    And now you have made me curious...I've always been interested in Genghis Khan. I wonder if there is mention of his wife/wives in that novel.

  5. Ah, how I forgot about The Paris Wife - that would've changed my chain completely.
    I'm quite intrigued by the last book. I have read a historical novel about Genghis Khan a long time ago, but can't remember the title. It was quite intriguing.

  6. This is such a fun meme! One of these days, I've got to try it! I'm reading an early Hilary Mantel now. I listened to Wolf Hall on audio, and also the sequel. But I think there was a third one I never got to.

  7. I've only read Wolf Hall but both Love & Saffron and The Secrets of Saffron Hall sound right up my alley! I really enjoy this meme.



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