I was anxious to read “Radio Girls” by Sarah-Jane Stratford and I was not disappointed. The novel is based on the birth and first years of the BBC, the British Broadcasting Company. This is an historical novel, but the contents depict the current times in England. The BBC began in 1923 after the First World War. Broadcasting the news was forbidden to the BBC at this time so as not to interfere with the newspapers. There are so many stories that could be written about this time in the history of communication.
This novel focuses on some of the women and their roles in the fledgling company. The rigors of trying to find acceptable programming that would pass the inspection of the company board of directors, the challenges of presenting sound effects that would enhance the listeners’ enjoyment of the program, and the constant fight for influence among the broadcasters and programmers was a goldmine of stories for the right author. I enjoyed this novel very much and would recommend it to those interested in the early history of communication. The fictional aspect of the book added interest to the historical text of the book.
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