28 episodes

Five college girls get together to discuss how they want to reclaim the term “Chick Lit” - who decides what type of literature is intended for “chicks” anyway?!
Series 1 discusses Irish author Marian Keyes’ work
Series 2 discusses the work of Jane Austen
Series 3 looks at Unusual Heroines
Series 4 explores work by writers of colour

Written and recorded by LC Lewis in her bedroom.

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Five college girls get together to discuss how they want to reclaim the term “Chick Lit” - who decides what type of literature is intended for “chicks” anyway?!
Series 1 discusses Irish author Marian Keyes’ work
Series 2 discusses the work of Jane Austen
Series 3 looks at Unusual Heroines
Series 4 explores work by writers of colour

Written and recorded by LC Lewis in her bedroom.

    Series 4: Episode 6 - Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

    Series 4: Episode 6 - Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

    Another year, another round of book talk the girls need to have! The girls' first book of 2021 and the last in our series about authors of colour is Cho Nam-Ju's feminist powerhouse "Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982". In discussing this stark novel's approach to laying out the cadaver that is misogyny and disregard for women, girls, sisters and mothers, the girls talk:

    - The physical and mental health issues motherhood and pregnancy present (and we had NO IDEA)
    - Sexual assault and how small actions build up over time (why are you feeling our bra straps?!)
    - What if sexism isn't just an outdated societal rule? What if it's a tradition? One that we're proud of?
    - How sexism affects children (maybe it's NOT adorable when little boys bully the girls they like!)
    - and how having the luxury of choice changes everything

    Plus, I mean, there were always gonna be tangents, right?

    - With our first Korean novel, we had to go into how Run BTS! and our K-Drama obsessions informed our enjoyment of the book, right?
    - Not to mention Katie's, ahem, flawless pronunciation? (She cannot say 승연 to save her life)
    - Way more apologising than we've seen on previous episodes - maybe the subject matter brought us closer as a group?
    - AND, the piece de resistance, Deano from 2 Tyres, 1 Chain fame advertising his one-man musical, Deano - Nice to Meetchyou (working title)

    It's all here in this week's Chick Lit 4 Life!


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Series 4 Episode 5: Kitchen

    Series 4 Episode 5: Kitchen

    Well this is surprising...we managed to get this episode up despite LC working like an IDIOT the last few weeks. GO TEAM
    This week the girls get stuck into Banana Yoshimoto's classic "Kitchen",  discussing, among other things:
    -Are we reading the author or the translator?
    - How the abnormal becomes normal once it's your everyday life
    - Is Chloe as goodlookin as Eriko? (spoiler: She really isn't)
    - Anger over misgendering and how it's pretty cool it's an automatic response now
    - The life within inanimate objects in a home
    - Loss and how it manifests for different people
    - Soulmates Vs Settling
    - Normals (aggresively normal people in your life) vs AbNormals (the opposite. Obvs)
    - Mammy & Daddy Murphy being couple goals 
    Did the girls go on tangents you ask? Well if the following count as tangents given they had NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT:
    - Hanger. Seriously.
    - Coco pops v s granola bars and the foodiest Easter Eggs we've ever done (Except for katie's. Because she's the worst)
    - The Grammys and whether prizes are something to get excited over
    - What the Queen of England's treehouse probably looks like
    - The faces Chloe pulls when she's dancing
    - A listening party for the highlight of the new BTS album - Dis-Ease
    All this and a LOT of cackling, right here at Chick Lit 4 Life!

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Series 4 Episode 4: The Vanishing Half

    Series 4 Episode 4: The Vanishing Half

    And we're back!

    Despite LC's impending collapse due to exhaustion (yay!) (full-time job + creative output x copy-editing your sister's EXCELLENT sexy fanfic = burnout, it seems) we have gotten this episode up!

    Take that lockdown!!

    This week we talk about Brit Bennett's beautiful "The Vanishing Half". We are seriously having a tough time figuring out if we have a favourite book so far this series, because this one is yet another INCREDIBLE addition.

    The girls get into:

    - The choices a person makes being a product of how they were taught as children

    - The contrast between running away from yourself vs becoming who you want to be

    - How we're just finding SO MUCH RACISM buried in ourselves (it's deeply upsetting)

    - and outside expectation and how it can mess with a person

    Oh and the tangents? Well...

    - a VERY bare-bones run down of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine interim data review results and how excited we all are

    - Chloe giving some very sound advice re: sending nudes

    - Cliodhna's on-air imaginary date with Lupita N'yongo (no seriously)

    - Mario Kart being the video game of choice to get the shift during

    - And of course, your standard CL4L BTS update (including, Yoongi's recent surgery, the lack of white-washing in the latest batch of promo photos and how we're HERE FOR IT, and, y'know, JK sending Chloe secret messages through his BE concept photo)

    It's all here in this week's Chick Lit 4 Life!!


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Series 4 Episode 3: Queenie

    Series 4 Episode 3: Queenie

    And we're back!



    This week the girls get stuck into Candice Carty-Williams' timely and hugely important "Queenie"

    What did they come across? Well...among others:



    - How important it is to have heroines (because yes Queenie is a female hero) that are not trying to make you, the reader, like them. Which made us love Queenie even more tbh

    - That maybe the romantic love story isn't the thing we're interested in

    - How relatable and heartbreaking Queenie's self-destructive actions are, BUT

    - How we can't wrap our heads around the toll systematic racism must have on someone's mental health. Seriously, it's terrifying.



    But you want to know about the tangents right? Well, as usual, this week did not disappoint:

    - Jungkookie-Oppa had a livestream this week. And his hair was tied up. Chloe had many thoughts

    -You all might have seen on Instagram that LC's baby sister has started writing fanfic. So we talk about that for a bit...

    -And y'know, that Katie's trapped on campus during this latest lockdown. So there's the whole zombie apocalypse vibe she's rockin right now...



    Queenie is available on Kindle and at all good booksellers (shop independent if you can!)

    You can find more information on Candice Carty-Williams at http://www.candicecartywilliams.com/ and follow her at @CandiceC_W

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Series 4 Episode 2: The Trouble With Rose

    Series 4 Episode 2: The Trouble With Rose

    And we're back!

    This week the girls talk their way through Amita Murray's gorgeous "The Trouble With Rose" In doing so, we learn about:

    - Great Indian Families (bonus points for recognising EVERYONE YOU'RE RELATED TO THEREIN)

    - True acceptance, both self-acceptance, and acceptance by others, and how rare it is

    - The girls' killer one liner notes on repeated themes in the book (in fairness that's mostly Saoirse) Said notes that kept cropping up were:

                  - OMG IT ME

                  - SYMBOLISM!!

                  - OH SO SAD

                  - I BET SIMON SMELLS AMAZING

                  -THIS IS LOVE!!!

    And it wouldn't be one of our episodes without approximately TEN THOUSAND tangents

    Which include:

    - BTS's Dynamite being a comment on racism in the music industry (Katie's goin hard here)

    - Jungkook's see-through shirt on Jimmy Fallon last week. Like for ages.

    - Saoirse explaining "macaroni in a pot" (no seriously)

    - And Saoirse finding  The Roots' Black Thought just ever so attractive (Oh he's very handsome)



    The Trouble With Rose is available on Kindle and at all good booksellers (shop independent if you can!) and you can find more information

    on Amita and her work at amitamurray.com


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Series 4, Episode 1: The Tainted

    Series 4, Episode 1: The Tainted

    And just like that we're back with Series 4!

    You guys may remember that we wanted to do this series specifically on writers of colour, and our first book is Cauvery Madhavan's "The Tainted"

    What do the girls talk about?

    Well, our goal with this series is to challenge our relationship with race and racism and we got right into it with The Tainted

    Turns out we learned we have a LOT of preconceptions about what it is to be Indian. And we're now pretty sure all of them are wrong

    We talk colonialism and why is it that Ireland and India aren't going for pints together, bonding over their shared British colonial past - complete with mistreatment of "uncivilised natives" and groundless massacres

    We also talk about the book's thoughtful treatment of what it was like to be an Irish Protestant in the years following Irish Independance

    Our sectarian brain-chips were going completely haywire

    But aside from all that heavy stuff, we also talked:

    Possibly the most satisfying love triangle since Final Fantasy VII

    The levels of book immersion achieved with The Tainted (somewhere between "Total" and "Waking Dreamscape")

    The Easter Eggiest book since Dr Seuss stopped writing

    And Katie's continued dependence on sexy fanfic

    It's all here (along with the triumphant return of D-Doy!) on this week's Chick Lit 4 Life - available on Anchor and anywhere you get your sexy, sexy podcasts

    Visit CauveryMadhavan.com for more information on Cauvery's work and pick up your copy of The Tainted at all good booksellers




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