Thursday, 14 July 2016

Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 384
Publisher: Allison and Busby
Released: 1st of July 2016

1926, the BBC. The nation listens. A woman finds her voice.

London, 1926. Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job at the fledgling British Broadcasting Corporation whose new and electrifying radio network is captivating the nation. Famous writers, scientists, politicians – the BBC is broadcasting them all, but behind the scenes Maisie is drawn into a battle of wills being fought by her two bosses. John Reith, the formidable Director-General and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary Director of Talks Programming, envisage very different futures for radio. And when Maisie unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the air... 

What I Have to Say 

 This is a must read for feminists who are interested in some of the powerful women of early feminism. It so fascinating to read of some of the early women striking out into the work force and making a name for themselves, all told from the view point of a girl who just wants to do the same. 

I felt very absorbed into the time period. enjoying the story of Masie starting at the BBC but also loving all the real life facts and characters that were brought into the story. The tense political backdrop with the Nazis rise to power alongside the strides that women are making with sufferage and getting respected in the workforce. 

Also, as someone who has grown up with the BBC all my life, it's really interesting to see it's roots. To see it fight to gain respectability while being unable to report live news. 

This was a very insightful read. 

My thanks go to FMcM  for providing me with this copy for review. 

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