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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 27, 2011

She's a pre-feminist action hero, a serious contender for the hardest secret agent around, and she's a cartoon strip turned into a series of novels. Modesty Blaise predates Lara Croft and Emma Peel, and could beat them hollow: she could probably sort out Bond as well. She's the original fighting machine, performing in...


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...