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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.

Mar 29, 2012

Clubland London between the wars, a secret codicil to a will, and a viciously unhappy marriage. The murderer, thief and lying she-devil Rowena is determined to make her husband divorce her so she can marry and dispose of a nobleman, keeping his title and money en route. Dornford Yates' This Publican is an attack on how men are failing to keep their women under control, and how society would be much improved by a bit more obedience all round. For fogeys who need their ideas confirmed.

Barbara Harfield
over six years ago

Thank you so much. I really enjoyed the podcast. I adore Dornford Yates and read them over again but "This Publican" I first read at 14 and was shocked rigid. I did not read it again for 20 years but when I did, the pain factor was worth it.

Roy W Gotaas
over six years ago

Once again, really enjoyed your talk! Thank you . . . more, more on Dornford Yates!