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Radio Girls
By: Sarah-Jane Stratford
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(as of: 09/21/17)
Manufacturer: Berkley
ISBN: 0451475569
Publication Date: 2016-06-14
Release Date 2016-06-14
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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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Maisie Musgrove knows she is extremely lucky to have landed at job at the newly established BBC, but that doesn’t stop her from worrying about her future, her security, or just about everything else. As she becomes more comfortable in her position, Maisie realizes the rare opportunity before her and decides to seize the moment and run with it.

Soon Maisie is privy to the inner workings of the up and coming radio industry in post-WW I London, where woman still don’t have full voting privileges, and where the struggle to make a mark in a man’s world is real. Her hard work and dedication don’t go unnoticed, however, and after a short time Maisie has a promotion and a new job working for Hilda Matheson, a pioneer in radio programming – and a spy for the MI5.

All of Europe is barely recovered from World War I, and the rise of leaders with names like Hitler, Mussolini and Goebbels foreshadows events that will forever change history. Maisie’s work at the BBC is all-consuming, but when she happens upon a meeting of industrialists looking to compromise the media for their own purposes, she realizes that she must act. What comes next is heart-racing, page-turning suspense straight out of a James Bond movie!

While Maisie Musgrove is a fictional character created by author Sarah-Jane Stratford, Hilda Matheson and many other key players in this work of historical fiction are not. Radio Girls is a truly fascinating story encompassing a period of history not often heard about, especially from the perspective of working women making such an impact both in the workplace and in national security during the early 20th century. The story moves at a quick pace but is never rushed, and the dynamic partnership of Maisie and Hilda is real and exciting. Fans of historical fiction should not miss this uniquely compelling and mesmerizing tale.

 
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