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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.

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Oh, the joys of growing up in an underheated house with no education, lots of dogs, a medieval father and a title! Nancy Mitford's effervescent novel The Pursuit of Love is about English country house life and values, and is also a brilliant portrait of 1930s politics: she skewers capitalism, is puzzled by communism and embraces love. Children out-manoeuvre parents, the upper-classes out-vulgarise the bourgeois riches, but without the security of knowing that someone loves you, no-one can be happy. For romantics who wear little red flags in their lapels.

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  • Kate, I LOVE your political reading of The Pursuit of Love, one of my absolute favourites. When I talk to people about this book they are prepared to accept that it might be funny, but I can never get across how interesting it is - your podcast does that brilliantly. Thanks so much for covering this book.

    posted by: Tanya Izzard on 2012-10-28 13:41:10

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