Six degrees from The Dry and back again – with a dinner break.

It is the first Saturday of the month and time for 6 degrees of separation as hosted by Kate at Books Are My Best and Favourite. A book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to make a chain.

I have missed a couple of months and approach this post with utter determination considering I am meant to be leaving the house in 15 minutes.

The Dry by Jane Harper. Well, I have read this. I struggle with crime thrillers. I prefer to watch them than read them.

This morning I went to the hairdressers. I have curly hair which is exciting. While I waited there, I started reading a book called The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter. It is set in a dystopian Australia where it has not rained for forty or more years which is something I can imagine all too easily. I am a rain and weather watcher. A bit of weather obsessive.

I have a book called The Weather Obsession by Lawrie Zion. I picked it up at Bryon Writer’s Festival after I heard him speak. It has interesting things to say about how the way we consume our weather news has changed over time.

Speaking of food, I listened to a book called The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. I had to turn it up to 1.5 times speed because the reader was so slow. It is a piece of magical realism about a girl who can taste people’s emotions in the food they bake. It was underbaked.

Speaking of food, I am leaving now, going out to dinner to celebrate having curly hair.

Back again and full of food from my favourite India restaurant and thinking about an Indian book, The Parcel by Anosh Irani. The parcel is a child sold into prostitution. It is both heart-wrenching and redemptive. Read this one.

I have never been to India but recently travelled to Vietnam and while there, read The Quiet American by Graham Greene. I had read it before but had not really understood it until I was also immersed in the country and its history of colonisation and wars. I had a whole new appreciation. A wonderful book.

Back again to Australia, to the drylands and a twist on colonising, I end my chain with Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman.

It is still Saturday. I think I made it in time!

7 thoughts on “Six degrees from The Dry and back again – with a dinner break.

  1. Haha, Kathryn, this is a hoot of a chain! Loved it – and your hmm, spurious links at times!! Very good.

    Your post has inspired a few thoughts and comments. Firstly, re weather. One of the best things about our modern devices is all the weather apps we can have. I love them, so perhaps am a bit of a weather obsessive too.

    Secondly I have curly hair too. As does my daughter, whose is even curlier. She regularly has hers straightened, and then tries to keep it away from water for as long as possible. (I can’t be bothered, though in my teens I wanted to be like Marianne Faithful or Judith Durham. Never gonna happen!)

    Oh and, like you, I prefer to watch criminal than read it too.

    And, I loved The parcel. An unforgettable book.

    1. Lawrie Zion writes quite a bit in his book about weather apps and who owns them. Only one of them is Australian owned. I have dead straight hair. I was only curly for one day…I always wanted curly hair and used to get perms in the 1980’s.

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