GORGEOUS READS in association with Henpicked - wisdom of women

Betsy Bonner, The Book of Atlantis Black with Donna Freed

18 Nov 2020

Betsy Bonner’s sister Atlantis Black went missing and was found dead in a hotel room in Tijuana, Mexico. She was 31 years old. Betsy set out to do what no one else in Atlantis’ life did: find out what happened to her sister. How did she go from being a promising musician in New York…

Radio Honey, by Tara Arkle is set in an all women’s Radio Station! With Josephine Pembroke

Tara Arkle has found out what she really wants to do – write. Being the daughter of super talented parents Anthony Newley and Joan Collins, meant it took a while for Tara to know her true direction. Now very happily settled in the West Country of England, as well as writing Tara supports her local…

The Happy Menopause – Smart Nutrition to Help You Flourish by Jackie Lynch with Radio Gorgeous

18 Oct 2020

The menopause can be daunting and keeping feeling balanced is the key to happiness. Nutritional therapist Jackie Lynch gives us wise advice at this time, when you can suffer with many debilitating symptons. https://www.well-well-well.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/WellWellWellUK/  #Menopause #RadioGorgeous #50+

You Goddess!: Lessons in Being Legendary from Awesome Immortals by E. Foley & B.Coates with Donna Freed

Elizabeth and Beth tell us exciting and amusing feminist slants on Goddesses. They talk about Athena, Medusa and The Furies. The very ancient Goddesses often have wild, dark pasts; more like real women, don’t be afraid of to use everything you have to get what you want.  #Goddesses #RadioGorgeous #Feminism 

The Glorious Guinness Girls – Three Sisters. One Shared Destiny. By Emily Hourican with Josephine Pembroke

02 Oct 2020

The Guinness family are as close to Irish royalty as we get and the glorious Guinness Girls probably garnered as many column inches as actual princesses back in their day. Launched as Debutantes in the roaring 20s the sisters quickly became the darlings of the Bright Young Things. The Glorious Guinness Girls – Three Sisters….

Other Girls Like Me by Stephanie Davies, a memoir from Greenham Common

09 Sep 2020

Stephanie broke away from her long term boyfriend and went to live in the all women camp Greenham Common in Berkshire in the 80s. The women’s wildness, irreverence and freedom influenced Stephanie greatly and she finally found out who she was.  Other Girls Like Me is published by Bedazzled and is up for an award…

Those Who are Loved by Victoria Hislop, Victoria discovered a prison island for communists in Greece and discovered dark secrets.

03 Aug 2020

This novel is out NOW as a paperback, it was delayed due to Covid. The gripping new novel by Sunday Times number one best seller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars. Themis is part of a…

Women of Steel – The feisty factory sisters who helped win the war with Josephine Pembroke

01 Jul 2020

The last national crisis before Coronavirus was the Second world War, everybody was expected to do their bit. Men went to war and women were conscripted to do “mans work” however dirty, noisy and dangerous. Today we talked to the Sheffield based Journalist Michelle Rawlins who has written a book celebrating The feisty factory sisters…

I Made A Mistake by Jane Corry….It started with a kiss. And Ended in Murder.

22 Jun 2020

What happens when you bump into a drop dead gorgeous ex boyfriend? And your marriage is a little dull and there is a part of you that never, ever completely got over your first love ? Josephine chats to Jane Corry about her latest thriller, working in a men’s prison and how tattoos can hinder…

Mud, Maul, Mascara, Catherine Spencer Captain of Englands Women’s Rugby Team for 3 years with Josephine Pembroke

Catherine Spencer has written a book about her life and most importantly when she was the captain of the England women’s rugby team for three years. She scored eighteen tries for England, won six of the eight Six Nations competitions she took part in, and captained her team to three championship titles, a European cup,…

Gorgeous Curiosities: Viktor WYND The Unnatural History Museum

Curiouser and curiouser – it’s not MAN WEEK and yet we present Viktor Wynd, writer, artist and pataphysicist? Dear listener, we couldn’t resist! Viktor Wynd takes Donna Freed on a tour of his Hackney museum, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Unnatural Science. The walk-in curio cabinet is crammed with all manner…

The Book of Echoes by Rosanna Amaka, exploring the redemptive powers of love and hope LITERARY LUSTS with Donna Freed

Rosanna Amaka spent 20 years writing her haunting and powerful debut. The Book of Echoes tells the intertwining stories of Michael in Brixton and Ngozi in Nigeria. The book explores the legacy of slavery and colonialism and the dissolution of communities. Despite and partially due to devastation, hope and love emerge as powerful and poetic…

DRESSED FOR WAR the story of the Vogue Editor Audrey Withers from the blitz to the swinging 60’s by Julie Summers

06 Mar 2020

#Fashion #RadioGorgeous #Vogue  Author Julie Summers tells us about a woman who was the Editor of Vogue over the turbulent war years of World War Two, Audrey Withers. Audrey’s drive and vision changed Vogue forever creating, a free thinking, vital fashion magazine for women. We hear about Audrey’s early years and her relationship with the…

FASHIONOPOLIS – The Price of Fast Fashion & The Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas with Josephine Pembroke

03 Mar 2020

Whether we are interested in fashion or not, society dictates that we should wear clothes, clothes are made by someone, they are made of a fabric, and what happens to our old clothes?  Today I am welcomed onto Radio Gorgeous a woman who has found written a masterful book answering all these questions and more,…

Warriors, Witches, Women – Mythology’s Fiercest Females by Kate Hodges with Josephine Pembroke AUTHOR OF THE WEEK

06 Feb 2020

Today we are talk to Kate about rediscovering 50 fierce females from mythology, fairy tales, folklore and legends. Kate Hodges is a journalist who has written for The Face, NME and The Guardian, with stunning pictures by the illustrator Harriet Lee-Merrion. Buy the book More about Kate https://katehodges.org/ #Witches #RadioGorgeous #Goddess

Seventy Thousand Camels – A Motivational Survivor’s Memoir by Angelica A Brewer with Josephine Pembroke

15 Jan 2020

Today Josephine welcomed onto Radio Gorgeous  a very brave woman, who was brought up in Rome.  Angelica was abused as a child, had a theatrical demanding mother and had to learn to survive.  Angelica has been bulimic and has attempted suicide. We hear her story today. https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/autobiography/seventy-thousand-camels/ #Memoir #RadioGorgeous #AuthoroftheWeek  

SPICE GIRLS, the story of the world’s greatest girl band by Sean Smith MAN WEEK on Radio Gorgeous with Josephine Pembroke

13 Jan 2020

SPICE GIRLS, the story of the world’s greatest girl band with the UK’s top celebrity biographer Sean Smith. Sean Smith tells us insider knowledge about how the most successful all girl group of all time managed to achieve superstardom.  SPICE GIRLS, the story of the world’s greatest girl band is published by Harper Collins.  #SpiceGirls…

Murray’s Cabaret Club, discovering Soho’s secret by Benjamin Levy with Josephine Pembroke MAN WEEK on Radio Gorgeous

09 Jan 2020

In 1960 there were over 200 strip clubs, clip joints and peep shows in Soho. But there was a classy, glamourous establishment which surpassed all others and that was Murray’s Cabaret Club in Beak Street, London W1, which has just been featured in the Christine Keeler TV series. Murray’s Cabaret Club was taken over in…

60’s British Icons: The Mini, E Type Jaguar and the Land Rover MAN WEEK SPECIAL Peter Grimsdale’s High Performance with Donna Freed

MAN WEEK SPECIAL The enduring style and substance of the Mini, the E Type Jaguar and the Land Rover have made them more lifestyle choices than mere cars. Peter Grimsdale, car fanatic, revs his engine in the telling of how these cars came to be and how we subsequently took over Formula One racing –…

MAN WEEK SPECIAL: The Goddess of Love, Oldie Magazine Podcast with Ferdie Rous and Bettany Hughes

  In Venus & Aphrodite: History of a Goddess, Bettany Hughes delves into the origins of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love – born in Cypress and the product of blood, guts, incest, patricide, love, lust and sex. She not only is the emblem of love and sex but also our very thirst and drive for life….

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