32 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
Series 5 is on LGBTQIA+ authors

Written and recorded by LC Lewis in her bedroom.

Chick Lit 4 Life LC Lewis

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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
Series 5 is on LGBTQIA+ authors

Written and recorded by LC Lewis in her bedroom.

    Series 5 Episode 4: The Subtweet

    Series 5 Episode 4: The Subtweet

    OMG I know we’ve been gone forever but we swear it was for a good reason.

    Our disappearance aside, our 4th episode in Series 5 is now LIVE! The girls discuss #TheSubtweet, our first novel by a trans author - #VivekShraya (@vivekshraya – follow her for fierceness, hair goals, and playsuit game that has forced us to face our preconceptions of femininity. Seriously, she’s that good)

    The Subtweet is a warm, moving and upsettingly accurate depiction of friendship between women and the havoc the ‘Likes=Acceptance’ Algorithm™ can wreak on it. Throw in a good dose of white privilege marginalizing talented af brown women, world-building songs that exist in real life and a touch of feminist theory and you’ve got yourself quite the immersive book my friends.

    The Subtweet is available at all reputable booksellers (buy independent where you can!) and is available on Kindle and Apple Books! Stream Vivek Shraya’s/Too Attached’s music on Spotify or Apple Music and catch Neela and Rukmini’s versions of Every Song on there while you’re at it!


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Series 5 Episode 3: Juliet Takes A Breath

    Series 5 Episode 3: Juliet Takes A Breath

    And we're back!

    The girls' third book of Series 5 on LGBTQ+ authors is Gabby Rivera's joyous "Juliet Takes a Breath".

    While fangirling over, quite possibly the most lovable main character we have ever come across, the girls talk:

    - First and foremost, how we CANNOT HANDLE how much we love Juliet. Seriously. Why is she fictional? We need to hang out with her IMMEDIATELY

    - Juliet's journey after she comes out, and how her foundation of love with her family makes it even more affecting

    - How Juliet's tendency to get overwhelmed, freak out, but then do the thing anyway makes her our actual hero, move over Beyoncé

    - How through doing that, Juliet identifies and creates her own relationship with feminism

    - Speaking of feminism, Juliet (and hence the girls) talk about where white lady feminism falls short

    - Not to mention all of the super-gross parts of ourselves and our behaviour we came across in that discussion

    - Plus our further fangirling over Titi Wepa and cousin Ava, Kira The Hot Librarian ™, and a lot of oversharing on how Juliet's Mam, as an imperfect, loving mother, makes us cry like bitches

    Oh, you want to hear about the tangents? Well...

    - Chloe goes in unnecessary depth into the BangBangCon experience and the gif-only conversation she and Clee had during it

    - Clee can't speak spanish (we disagree) and Chloe can't say many of the words for "vagina" (we heartily disagree)

    - Though we should use this opportunity to say this week's episode has some stronger language than usual, listener discretion is advised

    - Oh and speaking of listener discretion...

    - We found out during recording that our very own Katie Murphy has guest written some sexy fanfic with LC's baby sister @btsfantasty on Instagram. She is not happy that we know about it, but that is part of the fun

    All that and muchos fangirling over how much we seriously want to be best mates with Juliet despite her fictional status, on this episode of Chick Lit 4 Life!


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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Series 5 Episode 2: All My Mother's Lovers

    Series 5 Episode 2: All My Mother's Lovers

    And we're back! The girls' second book of Series 5 on LGBTQ+ authors is Ilana Masad's stunning "All My Mothers Lovers".

    In discussing possibly our most divisive main character to date, the girls talk:


    Said divisive main character - is Maggie super selfish or just grieving the loss of her mother in her own way?
    How the grieving process can have you come to terms with your parents' humanity, often too late
    the reality of desire - and how we can be boxed in by what qualities are "acceptable" to be attracted to
    We also get into the differences between the Hindu god Shiva and the Jewish tradition of shiva. Which is not something I thought I'd ever be typing.

    Are there tangents?

    Why do you ask questions you definitely know the answer to?


    We have some Miocic Ngannou pregame excitement and a plug for The Bash with Petesy and Niall if that's what you're into
    Some discussion on Chloe's granny sounding like the most terrifying person ever
    BTS not getting a Grammy but we have their upcoming Japanese album to look forward to
    But despite that, we can't co-opt Takeshi Murakami's intellectual property just because it flawlessly symbolises everything J-Hope is. Oh man we love him so much

    For all that, PLUS an update on whether Deano has returned to the Two Tyres One Chain family (#ComeHomeDeano) tune in to the latest episode of Chick Lit 4 Life!


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Series 5 Episode 1: Rubyfruit Jungle

    Series 5 Episode 1: Rubyfruit Jungle

    And we're back! The girls' first book of Series 5 on LGBTQ+ authors is Rita Mae Brown's bestselling "Rubyfruit Jungle". In discussing (arguably) the first lesbian protagonist in popular culture, the girls talk:

    - The effect of a shining superhero lead character in tackling oppression

    - How that makes us feel as gals that love a bit of emotional struggle and nuance

    - Interestingly, how Molly's self-belief trips our (super-Irish) "Notions" alarm, and how that's just very uncomfortable

    - Plus Chloe Cullen in her best dramatic performance to date!

    And we did not go on one tangent!

    Okay that was a lie. We did foray into

    - How OBSESSED we are with all the people making epoxy resin charms and jewellery on Instagram, we just CANT with you people!!

    - Saoirse's unwavering dedication to PopSugar fitness videos. And the fact that she does them with no shoes on. Which we insist is weird. It IS weird, right?!

    - And of course, finally, Katie's crazy forehead-vein. We don't know how it took so long to bring it up to be honest 

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


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    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

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