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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.

Aug 22, 2011

This podcast goes French, and describes for your consideration a beautiful little novella by the scandalously unafraid French woman of letters, Colette. Julie de Carneilhan is about the survival of an aristocratic divorcee in Paris, in poverty. It is strangely uplifting towards the end, where Julie rides off away from the sunrise and away from all the humiliations of  her complicated love life. For people who idolise Paris, this tells you how to starve really elegantly.