Six Degrees of Separation from Born to Run to The Dead Secret

It’s time again for Six Degrees of Separation, a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain.

I completely forgot about this meme until today, busy at the weekend, so here it is nearly a week late.

The starting book this month is Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, a book I haven’t read, but it is described on Amazon:

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

Here’s my chain:

For my First link I’m going to another memoir: Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan, which is more than an account of what Lucy read, it’s also a history of children’s books, details of their authors and a memoir of Lucy’s childhood.

My Second Link is one of the books Lucy mentioned. I was delighted to find that she too loved Teddy Robinson by Joan L Robinson. Teddy visits a toy-shop, keeps house while Deborah and her mother are out, does some conjuring tricks, meets a china gnome, and lots more.

The author’s second name takes me to my Third Link – the author Peter Robinson who writes the Inspector Banks books. The first book in the series is Gallows View.

My Fourth Link is via the title of another book with the word Gallows in the title – Gallows Court by Martin Edwards, also the first in a series, the Rachel Savernake series. It’s set in 1930s London.

As is my Fifth Link, Bats in the Belfry by E C R Lorac, which incidentally has an introduction by Martin Edwards. A corpse is discovered, ‘headless and handless‘ in a spooky Gothic tower.

My Sixth Link is to another novel with a Gothic tower is The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins – Porthgenna Tower in Cornwall in the 1820s. A dying woman, Mrs Treverton leaves her husband a letter confessing to a great secret.

My chain has worked its way from a memoir mainly through crime fiction to a 19th century ‘sensation’ novel. Not where I expected it to end.

Next month (6 May 2023), we’ll start with a book on the Stella Prize 2023 shortlist – Hydra by Adriane Howell.

2 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation from Born to Run to The Dead Secret

  1. You have some nice links here, Margaret. I’ve not read the Springsteen, either, although I like his music. It’s nice to see a Peter Robinson in your chain; I think his Alan Banks series is excellent. And Martin Edwards is such a talented writer and editor! At any rate, this is a clever chain.

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  2. Great chain – I loved the Gothic tower link! The one from a teddy bear to a murder mystery made me laugh too – I shall keep an eye on my teddy collection tonight… 😉

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