Six Degrees of Separation: Stasiland to A Beautiful Place To Die

 

Hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest, on the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form Six Degrees of Separation. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

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This month’s nominated starting point is Stasiland by Anna Funder. For some inexplicable reason Stasiland never made it on to my TBR list, I’ve corrected that now.

My first link is going to be Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon. It’s historical fiction based on the true exploits of an extraordinary woman, Nancy Wake, a New Zealand born, Australian raised, French expat who during World War II made a significant contribution to the Allied war effort as a smuggler, a spy and a Resistance leader, and had several run ins with the Stasi.

Another extraordinary woman is the subject of Cassandra Pybus’s biography, Truganini. Known (though erroneously) as the ‘Last Tasmanian Aborigine’, this harrowing biography reveals a spirited and courageous woman who suffered unimaginable losses – the annihilation of her country, her culture, her kin, and her identity.

Tasmania is the setting of Devil’s Lair by Sarah Barrie, a gothic-y tale about a young woman targeted by a psychopathic killer that hooked me with its chilling suspense and atmospheric setting.

 

 

I am really looking forward to carving out some time to read Sarah J Maas’s House of Earth and Blood. It’s the beginning of a new fantasy series, Crescent City, but at 803pp it’s not going to be easy to squeeze into my schedule.

Blood Witness is a legal thriller by South African born Australian lawyer, Alex Hammond. Set in Melbourne, Will Harris is a defence lawyer on a high profile murder case. I particularly liked the way in which the author balanced the professional with the personal aspects of his protagonist.

A Beautiful Place to Die is the first book in a series of four that features Detective Emmanuel Cooper by Malla Nunn. This crime fiction series is set in South Africa in the 1950’s, and has a gritty, dark realism that explores the political and social system of the period.

 

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The choice for next month (May 2, 2020) is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    Apr 05, 2020 @ 11:41:42

    Nice chain! I love to see what books are linked together!

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  2. Marg
    Apr 05, 2020 @ 14:04:55

    I do enjoy reading books set in South Africa so your last two could be of interest to me.

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  3. Davida Chazan
    Apr 05, 2020 @ 18:42:19

    Code Name Helene was an amazing book. Great chain here.

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  5. thebookishlibra
    Apr 06, 2020 @ 01:49:48

    I just read Code Name Helene last week. Such a great book and an amazing woman.

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  6. Kate W
    Apr 06, 2020 @ 15:33:03

    I don’t read much historical fiction but I’m very tempted by Code Name Helene.

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  7. Vicki
    Apr 07, 2020 @ 03:28:10

    All of these are new to me. Code Name Helene seems to be very popular based on other comments.

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  8. Literary Feline
    Apr 28, 2020 @ 05:06:52

    I haven’t yet read Code Name Helene, but it is on my TBR pile. Blood Witness and A Beautiful Place to Die both sound good. I haven’t heard of Truganini before, but you’ve definitely got me curious. Great list, Shelleyrae!

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