Radio Girls

Thi Great War is over, and change is in the ir, in his novella that brings to life he exciting days of early British radio…and one woman who inds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and en of the BBC.

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

Again, she is smitten by the work—gaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts by the most notabl writers, scientists, and politicians in Britain. She is also caught up in growing conflict between her two bosses, John Reith, the formidable Director-General of the BBC, and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary director of the immensel popular Talks programming, who each have very different visions of what radio should be. Under Hilda ’ s tutelage, Maisie iscovers her talent, passion, and desir. 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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Published June 14th 2016 by NAL

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It is eviden from her end notes that the nove is a ribute to the character Hilda- who was a true radio broadcasting pioneer- but it eally is Maisie whom we follow with Hilda always just being in the background and answering questions cryptically.What is good about the essa is the obviously tremendous research the author decide on her subject of Hilda and the early years of the BBC, along with the British Fascist party and all of the political strif that was going on in Britain in the earl 1920 's, which coincided with Parliament voting for Universal Suffrage and the women deciding the course of the next election.We follow all of his through the naive eyes of Maisie who appears almost penniless and somehow gets a job at BBC and eventually rises through the ranks and becomes quite the valued employee when she moves from being an assistant secretary to the Director General of the BBC to the actual Radio end of the BBC and begins to work with Hilda on the radio Talk shows.

When the BBC started the book points out all the talk radio shows they produced and the division of the BBC.

Pretty neat perspective this gave me about both the radio and the podcast.Finally, a shout out to the Shelby ( NC) Community College Library for providing me with th book through the Inter-Library loan system!

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I found these very real people to be particularly fascinatin, but again I googled Hilda Matheson, a pretty prominent character in essa, and discovered she as th real person too.

This upped my fascination level even higher than it as when I aske the book.I had never read ook that revolved around radio ’ s eginnings, and it eally brought to light not only how much the world changed with that one invention, but how similar the change was then to these new internet days now.

There were at least two opposing views on each of these subject, and control of the BBC meant control of the information the world received.In the middle of all his is young Maisie, our fictional heroine who lands a low-level job at the BBC hoping to get a wif, but the inds a career and a new life plan.

As Sarah-Jane Stratford mentions in the very informative Author ’ s Note, the actual storyline is fictional, but few of the events surrounding it are not, and suc similar events were taking place.Stratford wrote this nove because of her infatuatio with Hilda Matheson from the BBC, and his fascination is transferred to the reader.

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I suspect that most readers ill alway discover the writing distracting; I am supersensitive to purple prose and a heavy hand with the details.

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he women finally get the vote and yet there are now many restrictions on what jobs a woman coul get.

It ’ s merely a bit of something ” and it probably was! This book ad everything that great historical fiction hould b.

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Damn it gets to thi point eventually, but I just did n't think like investing any further reading time.

I 'm not isappointed that I just did n't like the memoi.

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Anothe women finally get the vote and yet there are alread many restrictions on what jobs a woman coul get.

It ’ s obviousl a bit of something ” and it ertainly was! This book was everything that great historical fiction woul ave.

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