Why I Really Like This Book
These are podcasts about forgotten fiction, for curious readers, and for anyone who likes old books. Sometimes they're stories, sometimes they're not. Most of the authors write in English; and sometimes they don't. But all the books I talk about, I really really like. I hope you will too.
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My name is Kate Macdonald: I'm an English lecturer, and a lifelong browser in second-hand bookshops. I post weekly ten-minute podcasts on a Friday, on the books I really like which I think deserve new readers. You can find out lots more at the Facebook page here, and get these podcasts weekly by subscribing on the iTunes link above.

The music for the podcast intro is by The Tribe Band. Lucy Marsh did the drawing and Matthias Opsomer lettered it. Patrick Belk and Martin Fowler hold my tech safety net.

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Questions? Send me a message by mailing me at kate [dot] brussels [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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Due to mechanical failure, the sun in my eyes, and a distracting essay-marking deadline, I released the Hemingway post immediately, today, rather than on 30 May, when it was supposed to be. Now I don't know whether I should restart the fortnightly podcasting schedule from today, or leave a three-week gap to get back to where I should have been. Oh dear, oh dear ...

Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm CET
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Go fishing with Ernest Hemingway's novel Islands in the Stream and catch big man's stuff, like bonito, and U-boats, and bodies. Marvel at prose so pared down that it's just core, all peel flung out to sea for fish bait. For readers who like their stories well boned and gruff voiced.

Direct download: Ernest_Hemingway_and_Islands_in_the_Stream.mp3
Category:the great outdoors -- posted at: 10:59am CET
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Nancy Mitford and Wigs on the Green - History Podcasters collage

The History Podcasters got together recently to record a collage edition on the theme of Terrible Leaders. You can hear all three collage programmes (each 30 minutes long) on www.historypodcasters.com. This is the segment from Why I Really Like This Book, on Nancy Mitford's outrageous and suppressed novel Wigs on the Green, in which she sent up her horrible brother-in-law Sir Oswald Mosley something rotten. For those who like laughing at fascists.

Direct download: Sir_Oswald_Mosley__Nancy_Mitford_-_Terrible_Leaders_1.mp3
Category:always amusing -- posted at: 1:30am CET
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Dornford Yates - Stuff That Really Happened 1

Dornford Yates's first two novels - Anthony Lyveden and Valerie French - were about the awful fate of the gentleman ex-officer who had to earn his living in domestic service. More melodrama comes from an enchanted forest and employers from the lower classes. There's a tortured love story too. For readers who like their noblesse obliged in strong doses.

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