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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.

Sep 22, 2011

A simple life interrupted by a quest to to visit a lonely mountain, and come back again through terrifying dangers into safety. A spiky fantasy about tearing up notices and laughing at committees. Small creatures are found again, unhappy creatures are comforted, and Moominmamma makes pancakes while a comet is about to crash into the earth. The Groke breathes cold into the world. Moomintroll is given a birch-bark schooner on the first day of spring. Tove Jansson's immortal tales about the creatures of Moomin Valley also draw on the dark effects of the Second World War, and give life to Nordic mythology. For those who think adults can read children's books too.