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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 katemacdonald.net. 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.

Oct 20, 2011

Waves, wind, puffins, sheep, tumbled stones, wet grass and rats underfoot in the house when they think they can get away with it. Welcome to the Shiant Isles, which have been sitting between Lewis and mainland Scotland for millennia. The history of these lumps of rock has been put together by Adam Nicolson in Sea-Room,...


Oct 13, 2011

One of the great satires of the 1930s, in which a Scotsman wanders through English society after the First World War, and marvels at the English and their ways. A G Macdonell was laughing at his own society too, since he was a journalist and a literary critic in the world he parodied. He is one of the great forgotten...


Oct 6, 2011

One day, the other planets came to earth to deal with the evil that lurked within our own. Lewis finished his science-fiction trilogy with a hard-edged satire on university politics, mixed with spiritual warfare. Mark the half-hearted gives in to political persuasion of the wrong kind. Jane the resolute refuses to...


Sep 29, 2011

Cod-fishing, and a summer learning to sail off the Grand Banks, redeems a spoiled brat who fell into the Atlantic off an ocean-going liner at the end of the 19th century. Kipling's story of hard work and the democracy of the sea is a great read about sailing and fishing in the old-fashioned way. It's a record of a lost...


Sep 22, 2011

A simple life interrupted by a quest to to visit a lonely mountain, and come back again through terrifying dangers into safety. A spiky fantasy about tearing up notices and laughing at committees. Small creatures are found again, unhappy creatures are comforted, and Moominmamma makes pancakes while a comet is about to...