Although the podcast was originally released in monthly installments, because I arrived late to the party I have actually had the pleasure of binge-listening my way through the 10 existing episodes - available across a number of online platforms, by the by - and on the whole it's been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Wilby herself is a charming and unashamedly honest host and she does a fine job of drawing out the most interesting stories from her array of guests, who all have their own fine and sometimes crushing stories to tell too. Throughout the series a wide span of potentially difficult topics are brought up - many of which run parrallel to those discussed in Wilby's book, Is Monogamy Dead? - which not only allows her to speak confidently on these matters, alongside her guests, but also to draw on wider research, knowledge, and experiences that adds an obvious real-life credibility to much of what is presented across these episodes.
The Breakup Monologues is a wonderful balance between informative and entertaining - particularly episode 8, which I won't ruin but I will mark it out as a personal favourite - and, frankly, I find myself eagerly awaiting the return of the podcast (dear Rosie, let there be more episodes). In the turbulent area of 21st century relationships, I personally appreciate the opportunity to eavesdrop on experienced voices and - not only that - but to hear things from such a variety of perspectives also, which Wilby allows for in her guest choices.
For a unexpected blend of scandal, emotion, and intrigue, The Breakup Monologues is certainly worth adding to your listening list. A charming production that shed lights on many issues that aren't, but should be, openly discussed, Wilby has created a safe and amusing space in her recording booth, and I urge you to listen in.
For more on Rosie Wilby, you can hop over to our Books section this week where Beth O'Brien is reviewing Wilby's book, Is Monogamy Dead?