Old image alert – Kate @Books Are My Favourite & Best now hosts #6Degrees but this is a good refresh of the rules.
Lots of people have highly recommended this book to me, but I just can’t do it.
I couldn’t even watch the TV series.
I can’t get past the first page and I have no intention of seeing the movie.
I could probably fill a whole #6degrees with books that I can’t read past the first page, however, that would be a tad boring. So, instead I will link to a lighthouse.
One of my favourite children’s picture books is The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda & David Armitage. Ronda was born and raised in New Zealand while David grew up in Tasmania. However, the were living in the UK when they wrote/illustrated the book together.
Debate still rages over which lighthouse they were referencing!
There are cheeky, talking seagulls, a hungry lighthouse keeper and a scaredy cat, called Hamish.
Which leads me beautifully to my favourite and best (see what I did there?) Hamish of all time.
Hamish Macbeth *big sigh & girly swoon*
I was a huge and avid fan of the BBC TV series set in the fictional town of Lochdubh.
But I had no idea at the time, that it was based on a series of books by M C Beaton.
I read the first book (in a series of 29!) called Death of a Gossip a few years ago.
Another Scottish gem with a bit more literary cred (shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker) was His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet.
Set in the Scottish Highlands, this psychological thriller claimed to be a true story about Burnet’s ancestor, Roderick Macrae. But it wasn’t.
It was highly entertaining and fiendishly good fiction dressed up as fact.
Which leads me back to Australia and our famous ‘is this true or not?’ story, Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. I was devastated when I discovered that the story was pure fiction.
Joan Lindsay was an interesting character – she believed that clocks and other machinery would stop in her presence & she apparently dreamt most of the story about Picnic at Hanging Rock. Her parents were friends with Martin Boyd, she studied painting under Frederick McCubbin and married Norman Lindsay’s brother, Daryl.
I hope to find out lots more when I dive into Beyond the Rock by Janelle McCulloch.
Next month (June 3, 2017), the chain will begin with Steve Martin’s Shopgirl.