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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 22, 2011

This podcast talks about two novels by Scottish novelist John Buchan, once terrifically famous for The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), then moribund for decades, and now an up-and-coming out-of-copyright favourite for a new generation of readers. John Macnab (1925) is a Highland romp, where three bored men of high position cure their ennui by poaching two stags and a salmon. The Gap in the Curtain (1932) is science fiction, combining five linked short stories to show what happens when you can see into the future, and it's impossible, or not what you want to see at all. For readers who like their outdoor chases rugged.