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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 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 classic lives forever: for all those stuck out in the sticks.

five and a half years ago

Experiment worked! PL In Russia is difficult to find, but I've just been told by my neighbour (a Frenchwoman) that she has a copy, so that's my Christmas reading hijacked. ...

Christine Harding
five and a half years ago

Having tried and failed at commenting here in the past, I have been spurred to try again following your comment on Simon T's blog today, so this is by way of experiment...

Just to say I only recently discovered your podcast, and really enjoy it - The Provincial Lady is a particular favourite and, to my delight, have just acquired a 1947 volume with all the books except the PL in Russia, which I am still searching for.