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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.
||ExplicitEat, Pray, Love with Abigail Bergstrom||To launch season 2, we embark on an ambitious journey to work out just what makes Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 memoir so brilliantly enthralling. We discuss what she learns about soul mates, how religion is snuck into the memoir and why women seek suc...||13 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCareer Girls with Helen O'Hara||This episode of Sentimental Garbage is pretty blue so maybe don’t listen with kids in the car. This week we’re talking sex, lies, class and Oxford University with Louise Mensch’s 1995 debut Career Girls. Film critic and Oxford graduate Helen O’H||2 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Jill Mansell on Millie's Fling||Caroline chats to Jill Mansell, author of Millie’s Fling, about snacks, how it feels when people are “ashamed” to read your books in public, and her past as a clinical neuro-physiology technician. Music by Harry Harris, artwork by Gavin Day. Rec||27 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMillie's Fling with Ella Risbridger||Ready for chick-lit Middlemarch? Today we dive into Jill Mansell’s Millie’s Fling with author of the forthcoming Midnight Chicken & Other Recipes Worth Living For, Ella Risbridger. When 25 year old Millie witnesses the famous romance novelist Orla .||26 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBridget Jones's Diary with Ayisha Malik||Bridget Jones drinks like a fish, smokes like a chimney and dresses like her mother - and somehow became a global multi-million dollar franchise in the process. This week, we talk to Bridget super-fan and writer of the Sofia Khan series Ayisha Malik. A.||19 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: Marian Keyes on Watermelon||After talking all things Watermelon with Lucy Vine, we grabbed Marian Keyes on Skype to tell us more about her debut novel. We discuss feminism in the 1990s, growing up in a big family, and how she became the indisputable queen of chick-lit. Music by.||13 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWatermelon with Lucy Vine||This week is full of firsts: we're discussing Marian Keyes' first book, Watermelon, which also happens to be the first chick-lit that our guest Lucy Vine ever read. We get into the Walsh sisters, emotional abuse and why all debut novels are e...||12 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: Eva Rice on The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets||After speaking to Lauren Bravo about The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, we tracked down the author of the book, Eva Rice, to talk Take That, Julian the Loaf and why the 1950s are such an intriguing time period to set a novel in. Music by Harry Harris, .||6 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Lost Art of Keeping Secrets with Lauren Bravo||Writer and author of "What Would the Spice Girls Do?" Lauren Bravo talks about Eva Rice's 2008 smash-hit The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, a book that's part Nancy Mitford, part Dodie Smith, and entirely delightful. The book is set i...||5 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSentimental Garbage: The Trailer||Welcome to Sentimental Garbage, a podcast celebrating chick-lit and the so-called guilty pleasures you’re done feeling guilty about. In series 1, author and journalist Caroline O'Donoghue talks to writers Lauren Bravo, Lucy Vine, Ayisha Malik, E...||26 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Chick Lit & Swearing: Best Book Podcast ever
I tend to shy away from book podcasts because they can be ever-so lovely and literary and up their own...something. I absolutely loved both episodes published so far—witty and frank and a pleasure to listen to.
Like chatting with my friends
I love Sentimental Garbage. It’s like settling down with my friends to discuss all the books we loved but were instructed not to love by boys who pretended they’d rather read Ulysses. For me, the authors I loved but felt I shouldn’t for some ridiculous reason were Jilly Cooper and Sarra Manning - please chat about them! Also, Caroline has a wonderful voice to listen to - which makes ALL the difference on a podcast.
This podcast is SUCH a great idea, and so well done. I loved the first episode and bonus episode. I hadn’t actually read The Lost Art and it was a treat. Lovely to hear Eva Rice look back at writing the book. I’m going to have to read everything she’s ever published now!
I’m doing a frantic re-read of Watermelon ready for hearing the new episode and may have to stay up all night to finish it.