Author of the Week on Radio Gorgeous

Interviews with female authors

Working Girls of Soho, Josephine Pembroke on Museum of Soho show on Soho Radio

14 Nov 2022

The Working Girls of Soho – Saucy Tales of Notorious Women – Songs & Stories A fabulous cabaret celebrating Soho’s glorious past. Featuring the club runners, strippers, whores and thieves with song and stories. Josephine Pembroke of Pussies Galore talks about her sell out show featuring the female club runners, strippers, whores and thieves from…

True Story London founder Michelle Toth with Donna Freed

13 Nov 2022

Michelle Toth is a bit of a polymath, in part because she loves learning and in part because when other people ask why, Michelle tends to ask, why not? She has been an entrepreneur, consultant, executive, novelist and story teller and is now a highly accomplished executive coach. She is passionate about connecting people through…

London’s Lost Department Stores – A Vanished World of Dazzle and Dreams by Tessa Boase with Josephine Pembroke

06 Nov 2022

Last century central London and the suburbs were awash with ‘Halls of Temptation,’ giant emporiums where you could buy anything from exotic pets to opening your own bank account. Author Tessa Boase tells us about the golden days of shopping, when  visiting a store was a magnificent assault on the senses.  #RadioGorgeous #SocialHistory #MrSelfridge  https://www.tessaboase.com/books

Adam Zmith, author of Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures MAN WEEK ON RADIO GORGEOUS with Donna Freed

01 Nov 2022

It’s MAN WEEK!   Donna Freed with Adam Zmith, author of Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures Adam Zmith is a writer, talker, thinker and maker with podcasts, stage and film credits to his name. Deep Sniff is a  meditation on the history of poppers and their role in gay culture as well as…

Donna Freed with Wanda Whiteley, author of The Goldhanger Dog

04 Aug 2022

As a commissioning editor at Harper Collins, Wanda Whiteley was in the business of saying no to the majority of authors who came her way. She founded manuscriptdoctor.co.uk so she could put her expertise to work for new authors. Wanda then decided it would only be fair to put herself in their shoes and the result is…

The Improbable Adventures of Emily Soldene, Actress, Writer and Rebel Victorian, by Helen Batten with Josephine Pembroke

10 Nov 2021

Emily Soldene was a true Victorian, born of the wrong side of the tracks, she was illegitimate and her mother was working class, a bonnet maker by trade. Emily reinvented herself at twenty-two, she took singing lessons and willed herself to stardom.  Hear her 3rd cousin once removed best selling author Helen Batten tell us…

My Name is Jensen, by Heidi Amsink with Donna Freed

Radio Gorgeous was thrilled to attend – in person – the launch of Heidi Amsinck’s debut novel and first in a new series of crime novels, My Name is Jensen. My Name is Jensen introduces us to journalist turned sleuth Jensen, who has returned to her native Copenhagen after some years working in London. An experience that mirrors…

Diamonds at the Lost & Found by Sarah Aspinall with Josephine Pembroke

06 Jul 2021

What did we expect our mothers to be in the 20th Century? Apron wearing, docile, tactile and never critical. But one day we find out that our mothers are people and they have dreams and expectations. Today I am welcomed onto Radio Gorgeous a woman who is an award winning producer and documentary maker, Sarah…

Women on Nature, edited by Katherine Norbury author of The Fish Ladder with Josephine Pembroke

Acclaimed author Katharine Norbury tells us why it’s time to have a book about nature written solely by women. Naturalists in the past have painstakingly recorded nature naming plants, trees and animals and controlling the environment. It’s time for us to take a more spiritual approach as we face an ecological crisis, it’s time to…

Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne with Donna Freed

02 Jul 2021

Ariadne and her sister Phaedra were pivotal footnotes in the heroic stories of men with the exception of the letters Ovid wrote in their name. It was these passionate but powerless voices that sparked Jennifer Saint’s debut novel Ariadne. Ariadne is a vibrant retelling and imagining of their stories as well as a story of sisters, growing up…

My Journey to Judaism – OSHER by Tetiana Michaels with Josephine Pembroke

Tetiana thinks that her great grandmother was “secretly” Jewish, as being a Jew in Ukraine back then was dangerous. Tetiana tells us why she, an independent modern woman fell in love with an ancient faith and converted.  #RadioGorgeous #Judaism #Memoir 

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls Mona Eltahawy, Radio Gorgeous meets the world’s number one feminist!

Mona has written a manifesto which starts and ends with abuse by men to women, she wants us all to stand up for ourselves and “Fuck the patriarchy” she tells us why and how to do it. Listen hard.  #Feminism #FuckThePatriarchy #RadioGorgeous 

Polly Samson, author of A Theatre for Dreamers with Donna Freed

24 Jun 2021

Charmian Clift left London in 1954 with her husband and children to live on the Greek island of Kalymnos. The following year, they moved to Hydra where they were the forerunners of a bohemian artist community. Leonard Cohen stayed with them when he first visited the island. Her vivid memoirs of this time have been…

SCENT by Isabel Costello with Donna Freed, Author of the Week

Scent (Muswell Press) is the second novel from Isabel Costello, author of Paris Mon Amour. Her love and intimate knowledge of France is apparent as is her ability to expose the inner life of a Parisian perfumer, Clémentine, whose marriage is disintegrating at the same time as a her former lover turns up with an unknown agenda. …

PLEASE YOURSELF, How to Stop People-Pleasing and Transform the Way You Live by Emma Reed Turrell

Are you a people pleaser? You may not even know you are one because according to author and therapist Emma Reed Turrell there is more to people pleasing than the sweet, saint like image we all imagine. Cambridge University educated Emma is our guest today on Radio Gorgeous and we are delving into the people…

The German Heiress – Running from the past is a dangerous game, by Anika Scott with Josephine Pembroke

23 Feb 2021

The German Heiress is an action packed, yet haunting novel set in Essen, North Germany which was known as the armoury of the Reich. Set in post war Germany where people were fighting for their survival and facing up to cruel truths of their recent past. The German Heiress by Anika Scott is published by…

WRITE ON. A Daily Writing Practice, for Anyone With A Story to Tell by Betsy B. Murphy with Josephine Pembroke

07 Feb 2021

Now we are in a world wide pandemic, it is depressing, but it does not have to be. Turn off Netflix and get your creative juices going. My guest will encourage you to write and and most importantly find your own voice.    WRITE ON, A Daily Writing Practice, for Anyone With A Story to…

The Cottage of New Beginnings with Suzanne Snow, we talk romance, gardening and spirituality with Josephine Pembroke

Suzanne Snow has a fulfilling life as a plants woman, a novelist and sometime leader of worship in her local church in Lancashire. Hear how she has created her amazing life and made her dreams come true; becoming a published writer. #Author #RadioGorgeous #Romance https://www.suzannesnowauthor.com/ https://www.waterstones.com/book/9781800322196

MEGHAN MISUNDERSTOOD by Sean Smith Man Week on Radio Gorgeous

09 Dec 2020

Today we talk about the most controversial now ex-Royal MEGHAN, activist, actor, mother and Prince Harry’s partner. Sean has written a wonderful sympathetic book about a sadly much maligned woman MEGHAN MISUNDERSTOOD, is published by Harper Collins #Royals #RadioGorgeous #Meghan 

MAN WEEK: David Reynolds’ Slow Road to San Francisco with Donna Freed

Ride shotgun with David Reynolds as he meanders across the USA on Route 50 from coast to coast seeking fellowship and IPA. David and his trusty auto-steed, Harpo, are the perfect companions for these days of armchair travel: they get lost so you don’t have to. Often called ‘The Loneliest Road in America,’ Route 50…