Book Bingo Square 12

Author: Debra Found

Date Published: Mar 13th 2017, 6:08pm

For the twelfth square I had to choose an author who shares the same first name as myself. I decided to accept the alternative spelling of "Deborah" and chose "Seesaw" by Deborah Moggach. This was a book which had been loitering on my TBR shelf for around 6 months having been passed onto me by my colleague, Anne.

As a method of choosing books this is certainly not the most relaible method. It pays no heed to genre, style of writing, length, cover decoration or indeed any other method by which I may normally choose a book. However, the name Debra/Deborah came into its heyday in the 1960s/70s so it would not be too unlikely that an author with this name was of a similar age to myself but beyond that there is little to guide me as a reader.

I was very restrained when choosing this book as I am a great fan of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. It was very tempting to re-read these under the guise of this Book Bingo - but I resisted.

Apart from Deborah Harkness and Deborah Moggach I couldn't bring to mind any authors with the first name of Debra or Deborah. I looked it up on Amazon (other book selling sites are available) and they came up with surprisingly few. The only book title on the list that I recognised (aside from the aforementioned authors' works) was "Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul" by Deborah Rodriguez, which a friend commented upon recently.

I think there are only two conclusions I can reach from this square -

- choosing an author who shares the same first name is an unusual method of choosing a book and could be a way of stepping out of your comfort zone

- Ladies called Deborah/Debra don't seem to write many books!