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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 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.

Oct 6, 2011

One day, the other planets came to earth to deal with the evil that lurked within our own. Lewis finished his science-fiction trilogy with a hard-edged satire on university politics, mixed with spiritual warfare. Mark the half-hearted gives in to political persuasion of the wrong kind. Jane the resolute refuses to believe in God but falls in love instead. Mr Bultitude the bear finds something deliciously hot, bloody and crunchy to eat. Merlin is woken for his Dark Ages magic, which brings chaos to the right places, and evil is crushed. It's stronger stuff than Narnia. For those who want more moral oomph from fantasy fiction.

over five years ago

I found your podcast quite by accident yesterday and have devoured almost every episode. Thank you for the good work and giving me more books to add to my TBR pile.

Thank you.

five and a half years ago

I haven't read any proper Lewis/Narnia lit criticism: it's such a vast area, I'd have to devote days to it. Maybe if I ever teach Lewis, or SF, I'll get into that. But thanks for the reference.

five and a half years ago

Fantastic podcast! I'm glad I discovered it. I've always loved this book, too. And it strikes me that, despite all the patriarchal tendencies, Lewis writes some great heroines. Jane and Camilla in this book are every bit as cool as Aravis, Jill, Lucy and Polly in his Narnia stories.
I'm wondering what you think of the "Planet Narnia" book, which analyzes some of the deep connections between the Narnia series and the Space Trilogy?