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Welcome to Why I Really Like This Book, a podcast series about books that ought not to be forgotten. The podcasts were written, recorded and edited by me, Kate Macdonald, from 2011 to 2014 in a house in Brussels. I'm an English lecturer and an lifelong rummager in second-hand bookshops, and I write a lot about books, so podcasts was an enjoyable way to talk about what I was reading.

The intro music is by The Tribe Band, and the illustration is by Harriet Marsh.

In 2014 I stopped recording podcasts and moved to katemacdonald.net. That's my personal site where I post information about my books and articles, the research I do, and where I post book reviews twice a week. Many of the reviews are the scripts for the podcasts, so I keep this excellent Libsyn site going so anyone passing by can listen to three or more years of podcasts. One day I may start recording again.

Jan 27, 2012

Oh, the joys of growing up in an underheated house with no education, lots of dogs, a medieval father and a title! Nancy Mitford's effervescent novel The Pursuit of Love is about English country house life and values, and is also a brilliant portrait of 1930s politics: she skewers capitalism, is puzzled by communism and...


Jan 20, 2012

One of the more bracing novels about life on the Home Front during the First World War, which agonises over how one is to fight, if one cannot fight. All possible types of non-combatants appear here in a story about integrity, indifference, living and dying. Rose Macaulay, one of the most honest novelists of human...


Jan 13, 2012

Take a mill-girl and a lady of the leisured classes, as they plunge eagerly into the thrilling campaign for women's suffrage, and watch them work steadily from street lecturing to prison via the magistrates' courts, demonstrations in church, and a daring raid on a dinner party. Jenny Clegg loses her Lancashire accent,...


Jan 6, 2012

It's 1902, you're stuck for somewhere to spend your leave from the Foreign Office, and then you get a telegram inviting you to go duck-shooting on a yacht in the Baltic. But, when you get there, there are no ducks, and the yacht only has room for two, and your friend wants you to help him untangle an international...