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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.

Aug 15, 2013

Hugh Walpole's Fortitude is a weighty epic of London literary life, Cornish Gothic, Victorian anarchists and the necessity of a public school background for getting on in life. it also contains the kindest boarding house written in the Edwardian period. For readers who like a long book to go with their comfy chair.

almost five years ago

Thank you! I did enjoy Walpole, and now that I'm doing magazine fiction research, I am in hopes of finding his short stories, if any, in their natural habitat.

Simon Dunant
almost five years ago

Hi Kate

Thanks for reviving the long forgotten Hugh Walpole, Fortitude was the first book I found by him, and I love the opening line "Tis Not Life That Matters, But The Courage You Bring To It".

That first discovery of Fortitude 2 years ago led to a real passion for his work, and I'm just 8 books away of collecting every work he published.

I salute your work in this podcast for keeping alive some of the forgotten authors of yesteryear, many of whom can still provide an enthralling read today.

Keep up the good work!