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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Remember when Meg in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women visits Vanity Fair, and has a sinfully happy time flirting at parties? An Old-Fashioned Girl inhabits that world, where Fanny Shaw shows her country mouse friend Polly Milton how to live the high life, with dances and ices and lots of boys. These girls are only 14 in 1870s Boston: things get so much more complicated when they grow up and learn what life is about. For Polly life is about work: earning her own living as a happy independent music teacher, while Fanny mopes at home, bored and depressed because Polly's busy example is drawing the attention of the man she loves. This is a novel about how work will cure all ills and make you a better person. For procrastinators everywhere.

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