Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Radio GirlsRadio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Radio Girls is based on Hilda Matheson, a radio broadcaster pioneer at the BBC who became the first Director of Talks. She basically created talk radio, the predecessor of podcasts, as we know it. She started working at the BBC in 1926 and provided challenging programming that ultimately forced her to leave her beloved job in 1932.

Radio Girls is a novel. The story follows Maisie Musgrave who started at the BBC as a secretary and worked her way up to becoming a producer on Talks. The book is filled with historical nuggets and is a pleasure to read. The plot covers facts about women entering the workforce in those days; women's right to vote and women's emancipation. There are a few love stories, some espionage, and even a well-thought scheme to stop German propaganda. It is a very interesting book. I recommend it!

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