6 Degrees of Separation: Never Let Me Go

November 6, 2016 | 4 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

This month, the starting book is Kazoo Ishiguro’s award-winning novel Never Let Me Go. At the center of the plot is the relationship between Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy who as children were students together at an exclusive boarding school. I have not read the book yet, but I enjoyed the film from 2010 starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield.

Another award-winning novel that I have not yet read, but enjoyed the film adaption of, is The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. Like Never Let Me Go, it is also focusing on a relationship – that between charismatic Sutter Keely and classmate Aimee. In the film adaption from 2013, Sutter and Aimee are portrayed by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley.

Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley also co-starred in the film adaption of Divergent by Veronica Roth from 2014. One of my favourite actresses, Kate Winslet, also has one of the main roles in the film franchise.

Kate Winslet also starred in the 1995 film adaption of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. She played Marianne Dashwood, whereas her sister Elinor was portrayed by Emma Thompson.

Another classic where Emma Thompson played one of the roles in the film adaption is Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. The focus of the story is the relationship between middle-class Charles Ryder, wealthy Lord Sebastian Flyte, and Flute’s sister Julia (portrayed by Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, and Hayley Atwell).

One of Matthew Goode’s more recent roles was as Hugh Alexander, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, in The Imitation Game, based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It is about mathematician Alan Turing, who during World War II tries to crack the enigma code.

Benedict Cumberbatch played one of the supporting roles in the film adaption of Atonement by Ian McEwan. The lead roles, however, was played by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.


This time, my chain took me from Never Let Me Go, via different character driven novels and their film adoptions, to Atonement.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Never Let Me Go, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.