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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.

Mar 23, 2012

The Jewish family saga of G B Stern's The Matriarch is dominated by the party-planning interfering head of the family, Anastasia the adored eldest sister, the engulfing wife, the admired mother, the bossy aunt and the totally dominating Grandmere. She's a monster of cheerful bullying, a delightful character you wouldn't want to live with, the life and soul of the the party you want to leave. She lacks reticence, justice, tact and no-one can teach her anything. Her recipes are divine, but only she can cook to perfection. For the underdogs in the family.