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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.

Mar 16, 2012

This is a splendidly entertaining novella by Jane Austen, written as 41 letters between the characters of a tightly-plotted farce, doninated by the towering figure of Lady Susan. She is a magnificently disloyal houseguest (she sleeps with the husband and seduces the daughter's suitor), a bullying mother (she torments and bosses her terrified 16 year old daughter), and a scheming sister-in-law (she dangles the heir to the estate for as long as she wants him). If only she could meet her match. For readers who snap their fans coolly in the face of disaster.