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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.

Aug 15, 2013

Hugh Walpole's Fortitude is a weighty epic of London literary life, Cornish Gothic, Victorian anarchists and the necessity of a public school background for getting on in life. it also contains the kindest boarding house written in the Edwardian period. For readers who like a long book to go with their comfy chair.

Aug 1, 2013

The totally forgotten author Una L Silberrad and her totally wonderful historical novel of 1913, Keren of Lowbole: witchcraft, alchemy, theology, attempted adultery, a heroine more interested in being a scientist than a housewife, and the mysterious affair of the bottle of plague. For chemists.

Jul 18, 2013

When the German Empire invaded the British Empire's homeland, the British either scuttled off to Delhi, to live out their tragic, dispossessed lives in tea plantations where they could salute the Union Jack in safety, or stayed at home, supine under the Geman yoke. Saki's When William Came is brilliant pre-First World...

Jul 4, 2013

Join perplexed lawyer Edward Leithen in John Buchan's The Power-House as he battles assassination attempts in central London, and avoids kidnap by building site, just because he's made the connection between a fleeing diplomat-adventurer in Russia and an international criminal conspiracy to destroy western civilisation....

Jun 20, 2013

Trent's Last Case is a very modern Edwardian detective novel, with a Bohemian setting, the police in a cosy relationship with the media, and a cracking good mystery to solve ahead of the artist-journalist-detective hero.