Radio Girls

Where have you been?
by Sarah-Jane Stratford | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780451475565 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmcsarwing of Richmond, British Columbia Canada on 4/22/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmcsarwing from Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, April 22, 2022
The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio…and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC.

London, 1926. American-raised Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radio—still new, strange, and electrifying—is captivating the nation. But the hectic pace, smart young staff, and intimidating bosses only add to Maisie’s insecurity.

Soon, she is seduced by the work—gaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts by the most famous writers, scientists, and politicians in Britain. She is also caught up in a growing conflict between her two bosses, John Reith, the formidable Director-General of the BBC, and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary director of the hugely popular Talks programming, who each have very different visions of what radio should be. Under Hilda’s tutelage, Maisie discovers her talent, passion, and ambition. But when she unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air…and then face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth for a living.

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I enjoyed the book. It is not a page turner, but it is engaging enough and easy to read, and it depicts the time period well. It is fascinating to read about the early history of the BBC, and the role of the trailblazer, Hilda Matheson, and the beginning of women's suffrage in Britain and women's changing role in the workplace. For me, the main attraction of the book is this background and Maisie's story is only incidental. A nice read.

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Promised to maggiesma in the wishlist tag game.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Released 1 mo ago (5/19/2022 UTC) at Richmond, British Columbia Canada

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Enjoy this wishlist tag. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 3 by maggiesma at Vancouver, Washington USA on Monday, May 23, 2022
Thank you for the wishlist book via the tag game and the extra book! I look forward to reading them both.

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