#173: Caroline O'Donoghue on Reclaiming The Word 'Chick-Lit'

Caroline O’Donoghue is an Irish author, musician and podcaster living in South London. In this episode we chat about her brilliant novel Promising Young Women. She is a Contributing Editor for The-Pool.com where she has also worked previously as a writer and social media editor, and is now a columnist for The Times Ireland, and has written for Glamour, Grazia and Buzzfeed, among others. She also co-hosts the podcast School for Dumb Women and her new podcast called Sentimental Garbage which is a show dedicated to discussing romance fiction or commercial women’s fiction. 


Caroline’s debut novel, Promising Young Women, was published by Virago in 2018 to rave reviews and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2018 for 'Newcomer of the year'. The paperback of Promising Young Women is coming out on March 7th this year so make sure you pre-order your copy now.


In this episode we talk about novel writing, #MeToo, the importance of nuanced conversation, how she presented the internet within her novel and why thinks it's important that we all reclaim the term 'chick lit'.


Her second novel will be published in 2020. Having followed her work online for years it was so nice to sit down and chat. Hope you enjoy this one!