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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.

Jan 27, 2012

Oh, the joys of growing up in an underheated house with no education, lots of dogs, a medieval father and a title! Nancy Mitford's effervescent novel The Pursuit of Love is about English country house life and values, and is also a brilliant portrait of 1930s politics: she skewers capitalism, is puzzled by communism and embraces love. Children out-manoeuvre parents, the upper-classes out-vulgarise the bourgeois riches, but without the security of knowing that someone loves you, no-one can be happy. For romantics who wear little red flags in their lapels.

Tanya Izzard
five and a half years ago

Kate, I LOVE your political reading of The Pursuit of Love, one of my absolute favourites. When I talk to people about this book they are prepared to accept that it might be funny, but I can never get across how interesting it is - your podcast does that brilliantly. Thanks so much for covering this book.