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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.

Apr 5, 2012

Storm Jameson's gripping novel The Hidden River drowns us in French correct behaviour, French honour and a family tragedy from the Second World War. Marie Regnier is the avenging angel of terror and implacable hate who refuses to allow any bygones or forgiveness in the reconstruction of family life, because her son was betrayed to the Gestapo, and she wants to know who condemned him to torture and death. For those who are left to clean up when the visitors have gone.