Radio Girls - Sarah-Jane Stratford

It's 1926 and Canadian-born, American-raised Maisie Musgrave is living in London. She's very excited to land a job as a secretary at the British Broadcasting Corporation. Radio is still new and although some people don't like it, it is captivating the nation. Maisie falls in love with her job - the hectic pace, arranging broadcasts by the most influential people in Britain, working alongside smart minds of the BBC. It's here that she finds her voice and blossoms into a confident and capable young woman. But there is growing conflict between Maisie's two bosses. John Reith has a very different opinion than Hilda Matheson when it comes to what the BBC should be airing. But no matter what happens, Maisie is determined to let her work speak for her.


The author makes you feel as though you're in London during the years after WWI when radio was just catching on but had to be censored, when women had just won the right to vote and had jobs other than secretarial ones. The book was especially interesting since Hilda Matheson, John Reith and a few other characters were real people. But this book also felt long and somewhat boring in places since there was no real action or variation, just work, work, work.