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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 20, 2012

One of the more bracing novels about life on the Home Front during the First World War, which agonises over how one is to fight, if one cannot fight. All possible types of non-combatants appear here in a story about integrity, indifference, living and dying. Rose Macaulay, one of the most honest novelists of human nature, wrote in this novel a marvellous record of life as it really was lived. Buses, tea-shops, house-keeping, church-going, refugees, newspaper headlines, country walks and having fun at Earl's Court to blot out the thought of men dying across the Channel: all human life is here. For readers who want the details that matter.