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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.

Feb 22, 2013

Brace yourself for deep truths about newspapers and reporting, in a world where the characters have names with a strange resemblance to typefaces, and where no magic is used to make the news, only identifying the story. Brilliant satire from Terry Pratchett in The Truth: what more do you need?

Jan 18, 2013

More wigs! More swordfights! Learn how to tip wine down your coat sleeve if you don't want to get drunk while dressed in clothes of the opposite sex. Study the disguises of highwaymen and practice your court curtseys. Georgette Heyer's The Masqueraders teaches valuable life skills for the 18th century.

Nov 9, 2012

Its glorious summer in Barsetshire, and the boys of Southbridge School are preparing to persecute their suffering classics master, who is engaged to the lovely but terminally stupid daughter of the headmaster, and is hating every minute of it. Angela Thirkell's joyous romp Summer Half brings the warm weather back,...

Nov 2, 2012

The Provincial Lady is put-upon by domestic chaos, but never despairs; is routinely crushed by Lady Boxe, but bounces back; escapes to London to see friends and frivol, but worries incessantly about her children; has great plans and marvellous ideas, but is crushed, again, by her husband. E M Delafield's 1930 comic...

Oct 25, 2012

Great-Aunt Ada once saw something nasty in the woodshed, and has held her family trapped in Cold Comfort Farm ever since. And now Flora Poste comes to rescue them, with common sense, a belief in Vogue, and the certainty that messy living needs to be tidied up. Stella Gibbons' immortal satire mocks pretentiousness, and...