Six in Six – 2024 Edition


Jo at The Book Jotter is hosting Six in Six again and I’ve decided to take part,  it’s an enjoyable look back at what I’ve been reading over the first six months of the year. Joanne always suggests lots of possibilities of categories and I’m taking advantage of most of her suggestion.

Six authors new to me:

Rachel Ferguson  – A Footman for the Peacock

The Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair

Charles Spencer – Killers of the King

Lin Anderson  – The Wild Coast

Flora Fraser – Pretty Young Rebel

Forest Silver by E.M. Ward


Six books that took me by the hand and led me into the past:

The Revolt of the Eaglets by Jean Plaidy

Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Winter List by S.G. MacLean

Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard

The Secrets of Blythswood Square by Sara Sheridan

A Footman for the Peacock by Rachel Ferguson


Six books from the non fiction shelf:

Notes from Walnut Tree Farm by Roger Deakin

Holloway by Robert Macfarlane

Pretty Young Rebel by Flora Fraser

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

Women and Power by Mary Beard



Six books by Scottish authors:

The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona MacLean

Green Willow’s Secret by Eileen Dunlop

The Fall of Kelvin Walker by Alasdair Gray

The Tenement by Iain Crichton Smith

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Squeaky Clean by Callum McSorley


Six vintage crime books:

Uncle Paul by Celia Fremlin

Suddenly at His Residence by Christianna Brand

Green for Dander by Christianna Brand

Someone from the Past by Margot Bennet

Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

Post After Post Mortem by E.C.R. Lorac


Six book titles containing female names:

Consider the Lily by Elizabeth Buchan

Harriet Said by Beryl Bainbridge

Madame Claire by Susan Ertz

Eustacia at the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

Dimsie Grows Up by Dorita Fairlie Bruce

The Life and Death of Harriet Frean

Thank you Jo for hosting this, it’s always useful to have a look back.  I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction over the past six months, more than usual I think. For the rest of 2024 I plan to mix things up a bit more, but reading plans often ‘gang agley’  – as we all know!