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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.

Apr 12, 2012

It's the 1970s in the deep south of the USA, and Fay McKelva is shaking her aged husband because he just will not make an effort to get out of his hospital bed and get well. She is outraged when he dies from the sudden interference with his blood pressure, but she's also quite pleased because she can now sell that awful house in Mount Salus, Mississippi, and go off and do something with her life. Her step-daughter Laurel brings her father home for his funeral, and wanders about her childhood home not quite believing that she can't stop it being sold by the selfish widow. Secrets emerge, Texas invades, and Fay flings herself publicly onto her husband's coffin in funeral drama. For those who prefer their comportment to be southern, rather than Texan.