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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.

Jul 19, 2012

Birds, birds, more birds and precious few home comforts. Robert Atkinson's Island-Going is about sailing and camping in the roughest of weathers in the Outer Hebrides in the 1930s, looking for some very tiny birds and animals, summer after summer. North Rona, Handa, the Shiants, St Kilda, and Sula Sgeir are visited, docketed, deeply appreciated, and left to their own devices again. Millions of puffins, thousands of predatory greater black-backed gulls, and really rather large numbers of the elusive Leach's fork-tailed petrel. Bring your own sleeping-bag.