radio girlsRadio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford (2016 fiction):

Canadian-American Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as secretary at the Radio Girlsbrand-new BBC in 1926. Despite the challenges of a brand-new industry, fast pace, and demanding staff, Maisie eventually discovers an affinity for the work and becomes an assistant and then a producer for the popular “Talks” programming under the
tutelage of director Hilda Matheson. Along the way, Maisie unearths a shocking conspiracy, and she and Hilda face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth
for a living. Although this is a work of fiction, and Maisie Musgrave is not a real person, this book contains a great deal of history, and many of its characters are real: Hilda Matheson, director of “Talks,” John Reith, the director-general, Mary Somerville, who was another
BBC director, Lady Astor, and a collection of well known figures. The late 1920’s and early 1930’s were a time of great change in Britain, when women were finally allowed to vote, and the great storm of Fascism was sweeping across Europe. This is a fascinating and well told tale. Recommended.

Reviewed by Ginger Russell