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Six Degrees of Separation // ‘Never Let Me Go’

Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. It goes like this:

On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.”

Then you head on over to Kate’s blog and link up. Easy.


Unsurprisingly (if you happen to have seen my last two Six Degrees posts), I haven’t read this month’s starter book, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. Neither have I read the book I’m linking it to, this one another of Ishiguro’s – The Buried Giant. I do own a copy of that book though, so it’s a start.

The link to the next book is fairly obvious – it too has the word “giant” in the title. In The Giant O’Brien by Hilary Mantel, two characters are facing off: the titular giant, Charles O’Brien (based on a real life giant named Charles Byrne), and the famed surgeon and anatomist, John Hunter, whose work in real life contributed a lot to modern surgery (in some unashamed self-promotion, feel free to read this post about The Giant O’Brien, in which I write about seeing the real giant’s skeleton, along with a bunch of other delightfully horrifying things).

Now we move from one man of science and cutter up of bodies to another: Mary Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein. The opening chapters of Frankenstein take the form of a series of letters, which is just how The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society starts (and continues).

Set during and post WWII, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has a large focus on books. If you’re like many people in the world, you will have read Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief; if you haven’t read it, then I’ll tell you that it is also set during WWII and has a large focus on books.

Probably my most favourite thing about that book is the disembodied and omniscient narrator, something it has in common with one of my favourite new books this year, Heather Rose’s The Museum of Modern Love. But I won’t tell you who the narrator is because that’d take the fun away from it.


  1. I have a copy of The Buried Giant too, but I’m a bit iffy about starting it for some reason. Never Let Me Go is a brilliant read though. I’d definitely recommend it!


    • I hadn’t really looked into Never Let Me Go until doing this post, so I’d never really wanted to read it before. But my mind is definitely changed now.

      I don’t even know what prompted me to buy The Buried Giant – I really like the cover, so maybe that’s it.


  2. I was one of those people that loved and adored The Buried Giant…and I hope you do too. I’m already anticipating my reread of it in a few years time 🙂

    You’ve also just piqued my interest about MOML with the disembodied narrator.


    • I really want to read The Buried Giant; I’m confused about why I haven’t got to it yet.
      If you’ve read The Book Thief then you’ll get what I mean about the disembodied/omniscient narrator in MOML. I thought it was such a clever way to look at the rest of the book’s content.

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  3. I think you’d really like Never Let Me Go – it’s certainly not my usual kind of book but, given your interest in science, I think you would find it fascinating (and creepy).
    I have tried Hilary Mantel a number of times…. but just can’t get into her books. I know I’m in the minority but Wolf Hall bored me to tears and I abandoned it a quarter of the way through.


    • Science and creepy? It really does sound excellent.
      I’d recommend giving The Giant O’Brien a go – it’s really different to Wolf Hall and it’s short as well so it doesn’t feel like such a slog to get through. I’m a Wolf Hall fan, but it really was a struggle at times. I didn’t find that at all with The Giant O’Brien.

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