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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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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 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
    American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

    American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

    This week on the Corona Cast, Caroline and Ella discuss the ultimate smart lady holiday book (she's going to Split) American Wife! American Wife is a 2009 novel inspired by the life of Laura Bush, former First Lady and wife of George Bush junior. Here, we know her as Alice Blackwell. Beginning in the mid-west in the 1950s, we follow Alice from her quiet childhood to the car accident in her teens that killed her first crush and changed her life forever. After becoming a school librarian, she meets Charlie Blackwell at the barbecue of some mutual friends and begins a whirlwind romance that leads to a long marriage, and eventually, the White House. 


    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 5 min
    Valley of the Dolls with Ella Risbridger

    Valley of the Dolls with Ella Risbridger

    CONTENT WARNING: rape, fat shaming, homophobia, literally all possible triggers a person could have.


    This week it's another special edition of Sentimental Garbage, where we talk about the novels that are getting us through the corona virus! Today we’re talking about VALLEY OF THE DOLLS by Jacqueline Susann


    When twenty year-old Anne Welles moves from New England to New York in the summer of 1945, she’s pretty enough to be a model but settles for being a secretary at a theatrical agency. Here she meets a host of showbiz characters, including Neely, a vaudevillian teenager; Jennifer North, a starlet fresh from a marriage to an Italian prince; Helen Lawson, an ageing broadway star and Lyon Burke, a wannabe writer who she falls in love with. Over twenty years, the novel covers their rise and fall through show business, as each woman battles with age, men, and their mutual pill addictions. 
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Changeover with Ella Risbridger

    The Changeover with Ella Risbridger

    It's week two of the Corona Cast, and we're still stuck in our bedrooms. What better time to get into supernatural YA classic, Margaret Mahy's The Changeover? Ella and Caroline talk about going back to adolescence, magical admin, morally ambiguous witches, suburban New Zealand, forgiveness, the extremely good film adaptation, and "changing over" from girl to woman.


    Caroline O'Donoghue is an author and would like you to pre-order her new book: https://www.waterstones.com/book/9780349009940
    Ella Risbridger is a cookbook writer and children's author, and would also like if you bought her books: https://www.waterstones.com/books/search/term/ella+risbridger
     
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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

SamanthaBoston ,

Favorite Smart Escape

This podcast let’s me relish in my favorite rom coms while also thinking about them in a smart way with fantastic guests. Thanks for a long-deserved elevation of my favorite genre beyond “chick lit”!

Mas0987654321 ,

Love!

I love this podcast!!!!! I heard about Caroline from another podcast/newsletter (it miiiiight have been women who or Ctrl alt delete but I can’t remember) and subscribed to her newsletter. The newsletters were so cheeky and honest and insightful that, when I heard there was a podcast, I subscribed right away. I actually didn’t realize that the podcast would be book discussions but I am SO HAPPY that it is. I have a book club and, after listening to Caroline and her guest discussing it, one of our future books is High Fidelity.

I am really surprised that there aren’t many ratings on this podcast; it’s truly one of the best. Thank you, Caroline!!!!

trolololson13 ,

My new favorite podcast

I really love this podcast. I'm from America and for some reason haven't really branched out into listening to podcasts from the UK or elsewhere and stumbled upon this one. I love Caroline, she's such a sweet, smart, friendly host. She has the cutest accent :) I really love the discussions she has with a great array of guests about "chick lit" books. I've never really listened to a book podcast either and didn't know it could be enjoyable to listen to conversations about books (that I mostly haven't read) but I DO. The latest episode on Maeve Binchy made me so excited to read Circle of Friends that I requested it from my local library right away. Thanks, Caroline!

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