Why I Really Like This Book
These are podcasts about forgotten fiction, for curious readers, and for anyone who likes old books. Sometimes they're stories, sometimes they're not. Most of the authors write in English; and sometimes they don't. But all the books I talk about, I really really like. I hope you will too.
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My name is Kate Macdonald: I'm an English lecturer, and a lifelong browser in second-hand bookshops. I post weekly ten-minute podcasts on a Friday, on the books I really like which I think deserve new readers. You can find out lots more at the Facebook page here, and get these podcasts weekly by subscribing on the iTunes link above.

The music for the podcast intro is by The Tribe Band. Lucy Marsh did the drawing and Matthias Opsomer lettered it. Patrick Belk and Martin Fowler hold my tech safety net.

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Visit Ancient Rome and the nastier outposts of the Roman Empire in the company of Marcus Didius Falco, private detective and lovable put-upon family man, in the excellent novels by Lindsey Davis. For a bonus weekend break, try The Course of Honour for her terrific novel of a secretary's view of Caligula's rule, while she's in love with an Emperor two or three reigns down the line. For readers who wouldn't wear a toga even if they could.

Direct download: Lindsey_Davis_and_Falco_-_Stuff_That_Really_Happened_4.mp3
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On Tuesday 24 June 2014 I'll be / will have been one of the interviewees on a BBC Radio Three programme called Free Thinking, discussing John Buchan's novel The Thirty-Nine Steps and its relationship to the First World War. I am a bit of an expert on Buchan, one does admit, so it's nice to be part of a BBC conversation about him. You can find the programme online at this link, and probably also as a podcast for a long time afterwards too.  BBC R3 Free Thinking The Thirty-Nine Steps

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Watch the First World War happen to a small village in Essex, and the household of Mr Britling, Everyman pundit and writer, with a son and friend who have just joined up, and very mixed feelings about what this awful war was for anyway. Published in 1916 when nobody knew what would happen, and fearing the worst was too likely, Mr Britling Sees It Through by H G Wells is an outstanding novel of reportage, reflection and empathic invention. For readers who like thier history on the edge of their comfy seat.

Direct download: H_G_Wells_and_Mr_Britling_-_Stuff_That_Really_Happened_4.mp3
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