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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.
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Sentimental Garbage Justice for Dumb Women

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 138 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.
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    America's Next Top Model with Juno Dawson

    America's Next Top Model with Juno Dawson

    How did ANTM become one of the most influential reality shows of all time? Caroline and Juno bond over their shared love of this pioneering reality series, its absurd lens on the modelling industry, and the competitors who have stuck in our brains for well over a decade at this stage. We also find out what, exactly, makes fashion photographer Nigel Barker so *noted*
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (the book) with Ayisha Malik

    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (the book) with Ayisha Malik

    It's 1997 and Bridget Jones is navigating New Labour, the sudden death of Princess Diana, and her on-again off-again relationship with the elusive Mark Darcy. Caroline and novelist Ayisha Malik discuss why Helen Fielding remains one of the greatest comic novelists of the 20th century (and yours, Mrs Townsend, are quite good too),as well as the everlasting and occasionally frustrating thick behaviour of our best mate Bridget.
    Ayisha Malik is the author of several books, most recently This Green and Pleasant Land. Her next novel, The Movement, is out in 2022.

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    • 53 min
    Moulin Rouge! with Avoca Reaction (a.k.a, Wren Dennehy)

    Moulin Rouge! with Avoca Reaction (a.k.a, Wren Dennehy)

    The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is to love this crazy movie and be loved in return. Wren Dennehy brings Moulin Rouge to the garbage pit and we discuss the joy and adrenaline of Baz Luhrman's 2001 film. So exciting! (The audience will stamp and cheer) So delighting! (It will run for 50 years!!)
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Mamma Mia with Zoe Terakes (sponsored episode)

    Mamma Mia with Zoe Terakes (sponsored episode)

    Super Trouper Zoe Terakes has brought Mamma Mia to the garbage dump and is ready to celebrate it for the mad camp wonderland it truly is. We talk about how Mamma Mia rejects patriarchal frameworks, whether or not Sophie is in the middle of twelve steps, our love of Pierce Brosnan, and the high lesbian energy coming off Does Your Mother Know. This episode is sponsored by Nine Perfect Strangers, available on Amazon Prime Video now.


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    RuPaul's Drag Race with SELF ESTEEM (a.k.a, Rebecca Lucy Taylor)

    RuPaul's Drag Race with SELF ESTEEM (a.k.a, Rebecca Lucy Taylor)

    Rebecca Taylor of Self Esteem (formerly Slow Club) talks about how Drag Race literally dragged her out of a dark post-break up depression and helped redefine her musical persona. We gush unabashedly about how this show changed our lives, admit to reading the Reddit and confess to drag queen sex dreams. There's also a preview of her new single, HOW CAN I HELP YOU, at the very end, so stay tuned!
    Rebecca is @selfesteemselfesteem on everything and her new album, Prioritise Pleasure, is coming October 2021.
    Caroline is @czaronline on Instagram and her books are on sale where you get books

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Red Carpets with Muireann O'Connell

    Red Carpets with Muireann O'Connell

    We're back with season 8 and TV presenter Muireann O'Connell is making the case for award season red carpets being a competitive sport in their own right. We talk about Joan Rivers and Fashion Police, the questionable feminism of judging professionals on how they look in formal wear, the risks and rewards of the red carpet, and Muireann's very own revenge dress.
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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

hrutod ,

Nothing guilty about this pleasure

I discovered this podcast when I heard Caroline on Backlisted talking about a book and writer I’d never heard of, and I wanted more! I didn’t even like sex in the city as a show but I’m enjoying listening to the pod! I have so many suggestions for books you should do, but I’m going to settle on Twilight and Where’d You Go Bernadette. Please!!

Adventuretimeeeee ,

Simply delightful

This podcast is simply a delight. It was recommended to me by a dear friend who is also unashamed of her love of Sex and the City. The hosts, Dolly and Caroline, are a real pleasure to listen to - they are whip-smart, hilarious, and have an uncanny ability to speak eloquently on ~themes~ in this show that I’ve always thought about but never been able to articulate myself. One of my favorite aspects of this podcast is being able to listen in on and briefly experience their friendship, which is full of kindness, support, and a warmth that desperately makes me miss the women in my life that COVID has prevented me from seeing. I could listen to these women pontificate about any topic and be happy. An absolute must-listen for Sex and the City super fans and love female friendship.

Nicolefth ,

Love love love

Love sentimental and the city series. Took a chance 10 minutes before getting a procedure done, put it on auto play, and was delighted to have they wonderful ladies keep me company. Their description of the arc of season 1 - blew my mind. It is insane to think of how many times I’ve seen these episodes and talked about them - that there could be two people out there who could breathe such fresh life into the series.

I learned so much and got so much perspective. I even learned to like the ring episode.

I do wish they had talked about the fleet week episode being the first written and filmed post 9/11, though I realize I’m a bit older and more American.

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