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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.

new short course in English literature: January 2013

Oct 31, 2012

I'll be leading a new course, or structured book group, from January 2013, on '200 Years of the British Novel'. This will be held in Brussels, Belgium, for a group of 20 students, and we'll be reading novels by Fanny Burney, Jane Austen, John Galt, Mrs Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Rebecca West, Evelyn Waugh, Grahame Greene, and Jeanette Winterson. Full details can be found on the pdf file that you can download here.

The course will also be available to a further 20 students who want to participate as distance learners. You read the books to the same schedule as the Brussels class, and (if the technology works) will be able to listen in on the classes using skype or google videoconferencing, depending on whether your timezone makes this practical. You can also send me your comments and questions on the book we're reading each fortnight, and in return I'll collate these into a long document of answers and discussion, for each book. If you're thinking about signing up for a formal course on English literature at a university near you, this could be the perfect tryout for you. Full details for distance learners can be found on the pdf file here.

Interested? Send me an email at[at], and we'll have a chat.