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Sick of feeling guilty about the books you should be reading, but aren’t? Annoyed that the books you read don’t seem to “count” as literature? Join author and journalist Caroline O’Donoghue as she discovers the chick-lit classics her guests were raised on, from schmaltzy romances to family comedies to bodice-ripping dramas. We talk to authors, fans and cultural critics about what makes chick-lit tick, and investigate why it’s so often overlooked.

Sentimental Garbage Justice for Dumb Women

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    • 4.9 • 162 Ratings

Sick of feeling guilty about the books you should be reading, but aren’t? Annoyed that the books you read don’t seem to “count” as literature? Join author and journalist Caroline O’Donoghue as she discovers the chick-lit classics her guests were raised on, from schmaltzy romances to family comedies to bodice-ripping dramas. We talk to authors, fans and cultural critics about what makes chick-lit tick, and investigate why it’s so often overlooked.

    Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O'Donoghue (me!!!)

    Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O'Donoghue (me!!!)

    Scenes of a Graphic Nature has been out for over a month, so Caroline and Ella are talking about it! We say this is an 'all spoiler' edition, but in practice there are actually very few spoilers and a lot of discussion of grief, working together, how it feels when a book comes out, how perceptions of Ireland have changed in less than a decade, the use of music in the novel, friendship and porn. Buy the book!


    https://www.waterstones.com/book/9780349009940
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07WN4QNYN/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0
     
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin

    Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin

    This week we're talking about food, friendship and the cult favourite of Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin. Brian Eno once said that everyone who bought The Velvet Underground's first record went on to form a band, and the same can be said of Home Cooking and people who went on to write cookbooks. We talk about recipe writing, the godlike power of food writers, our dowdy twenties, tiny flats, and the uselessness of describing someone as "the new Nora Ephron".


    Caroline O'Donoghue has two books out, the most recent of which is Scenes of a Graphic Nature and is available in all book shops. Ella Risbridger is the author of Midnight Chicken and Set Me On Fire, as well as a forthcoming children's fiction series The Secret Detectives.
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

    The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

    CONTENT WARNING: frequent, graphic mentions of suicide
    We're back after a short break with more Covid-appropriate reading material, and what's more pandemic-y than The Virgin Suicides, a book where everyone dies and no one leaves their house. We talk about bad faith readings, Lolita, Sylvia Plath, the 'we' voice, suburbia, and Jeffrey's talent for smells.


    Caroline O'Donoghue has two books out, the most recent of which is Scenes of a Graphic Nature and is available in all book shops from August 6th
    Ella Risbridger is the author of Midnight Chicken and Set Me On Fire, as well as a forthcoming children's fiction series The Secret Detectives
     
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Scenes of a Graphic Nature is out on ebook and audio!

    Scenes of a Graphic Nature is out on ebook and audio!

    My second book is out on audio and ebook today, here's me talking about it and doing a reading!


    Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O'Donoghue https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07WN4QNYN/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1


    Audio narration by Esther O'Moore Donohoe
    https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Scenes-of-a-Graphic-Nature-Audiobook/1004001509?qid=1592504228&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=c6e316b8-14da-418d-8f91-b3cad83c5183&pf_rd_r=2B3Z57HX8WY3E9XPZPXW
     
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    • 17 min
    Reading Recommendations

    Reading Recommendations

    No new episode this week, but here are some fiction recommendations that you might be interested in given the current political climate:
    Heads Of The Coloured People - Nafissa Thompson-Spires
    Kindred - Octavia E Butler
    Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
    Nudibranch - Irenosen Okojie
    Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid
    Property - Valerie Martin
    The Wedding Date - Jasmine Guillory
    Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
    Donate to UK Black Lives Matter: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund
    Exist Loudly Fund to Support Queer Black YP: https://www.gofundme.com/f/exist-loudly-fund-to-support-queer-black-yp
    SARI Stand Against Racism and Inequality https://www.sariweb.org.uk/who-we-are/donate/
    Girl Guiding: https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/
     
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    • 12 min
    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

    This week we're talking about 1989's smash-hit debut The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. We talk debut novels, immigration literature, why so many women find Amy Tan in their teens, mothers and their daughters, food and how it travels, and why we're still obsessed with Waverly Jong.


    Lillian Li's "The Love Hate Joy Luck Club” - https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/mqr/2015/05/the-love-hate-joy-luck-club/


    Sentimental Garbage is produced and edited by Caroline O'Donoghue, mixed by Hannah Varrall and hosted by Acast.
    You can find Caroline's books here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Caroline-ODonoghue/e/B07CR7SFJM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1588717449&sr=1-1
    You can find Ella Risbridger's books here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ella-Risbridger/e/B07KR8NDY8?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1588717479&sr=1-1
     
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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
162 Ratings

162 Ratings

LilyARH ,

My lockdown tonic!

This was probably my favourite discovery of lockdown 1.0, and I’ve come back hankering for more in LD 2. Such warm, insightful and funny company to be in. Hoping for more episodes soon 💙

rebeccaixelles ,

Great podcast

I love this podcast! It’s such a pleasure to hear Caroline’s take on these books. Sometimes I wish her guests would give her more of a chance to talk, but that’s my only critique. I highly recommend!

@bonaimee ,

Moreish

I never miss an episode of SG. The host and guests are always engaging and passionate about the books they discuss, which never fails to prove infectious. Listening to episodes about books I adore always feels like I’m sitting with kindred spirits, but more often than not it’s the episodes about books I haven’t read that I enjoy most. These often remind me to start reading the books I’ve been meaning to for years (I Capture the Castle), or leave me with a list of books to purchase on my next trip to the bookshop (Ella’s poetry episode). Not only has this podcast made me discover and rediscover so many wonderful books, in some cases it has helped me dismantle prejudices about ‘chick lit’ and pick up books I would have otherwise - to my detriment - dismissed. Thanks SG team!

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