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New 'chick lit' lauds larger women

2nd November 2009

'Chick lit' is set to be revamped by a new publishing trend hitting the UK.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mink Elliott, author of The Pi**ed Off Parents Club, explained that a new breed of novel will follow women who are happy being overweight.

The author pointed out that traditional heroines in the genre usually weigh less than 9.5 stone, despite the average woman in the UK weighing ten stone, and claimed that the new trend shows readers are becoming comfortable with their appearance.

'These books are spearheading the revolution towards a more realistic perception of real women in easy-reading literature,' Elliott commented.

Mari Evans, commercial fiction publisher for Penguin, added that the new approach uses a more modern heroine who does not use weight as an excuse for her shortcomings, unlike traditional protagonists such as Bridget Jones.

Other books that fall into the 'bigger chick lit' genre are The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens, Julia Llewellyn's Love Nest and His L.A. Cinderella by Trish Wylie, the newspaper noted.

Reviewing The Pi**ed Off Parents Club, The Nearly-Weds author Jane Costello said the 'feisty' debut will be welcomed by new parents who are struggling with their first experiences of bringing up children.

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