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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.

Nov 30, 2012

Digging your own rabbit burrow? This is the manual for you. On the run from foreign gunmen with multiple passports? Look no further than this novel for career advice. Need guidance on how to hide in open country and survive without being spotted for weeks? Household's Rogue Male is the classic text for aspirational...

Oct 18, 2012

Extraordinary though it might seem, a pompous, arrogant, opinionated and stuffy Prussian military man, in a wet and windy English summer, five years before the First World War, makes the funniest caravan holiday ever, in Elizabeth von Arnim's The Caravaners. His wife is delightful, their fellow travellers are patient,...

Aug 30, 2012

Imagine a planet where men simply die, they can't live there, and so its society is composed entirely of women. They have children, they trade, they try and kill each other, they're surviving. What happens when a Company ship lands security staff and militarised colonists to try and take over this agricultural world...

Aug 16, 2012

In a post-nuclear holocaust world, how does science get transmitted? Who understands medicine? How do societies adapt and learn from each other? Vonda McIntyre's marvellous novel Dreamsnake about doctors and patients hardly mentions the gender thing, because equality is a given. For readers who like their utopias dystopic.

Jul 26, 2012

Splish, splosh, let's go swimming. Oh look, an otter. A jellyfish! No, that's pondweed. Mind the pike. Did it bite your nose or was that a leech? Oops, a rock, down we goooo. Roger Deakin's Waterlog swims around Britain, in wild water and posh pools, arguing with water bailiffs and enjoying the tickle of sunny water on...