GORGEOUS READS in association with Henpicked - wisdom of women

The AA British Road Map Puzzle Book: by Helen Brocklehurst with Donna Freed

04 Dec 2019

The AA British Road Map Puzzle Book: These highly-addictive brain games will make you a mapping mastermind, by Helen Brocklehurst with Donna Freed If the telly breaks at Christmas, have no fear, you do NOT have to go on that long, cold walk: gather round with the British Road Map Puzzle Book. Packed with history…

Win a gorgeous white gold & turquoise pendant! Author Naomi E Lloyd talks about her sci-fi novel RELEASE & we meet Johan Louw top South African jeweller who made the prize

27 Nov 2019

  RELEASE – A PARANORMAL TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE (The Tandro Series)  Donna talks to Naomi E Lloyd novelist about Release her first book in the Tandro series. You, dear listener get a chance to win a stunning white gold and turquoise pendant, on a silver chain, designed by Uwe Koetter. Naomi tells us about her…

Ladies who lunch, single mums & cougars: The Field Guide to (some of) The Peoples of the British Isles by Chelsea Renton Artist GORGEOUS LIVES with Josephine Pembroke

06 Nov 2019

Cartoonist Chelsea describes to Josephine her hilarious illustrations in her new book featuring accurate observations of ladies who lunch, cougars, a single mother and the lifestyle shopkeeper. Chelsea’s amusing book is stuffed full with all different types of people, which will keep you tickled for hours. Chelsea also tells us about her life as an…

Bestseller CATHY KELLY with Corinna McShane on her new novel, strong women, self-doubt & being a UNICEF Ambassador

Cathy talks to Corinna about her 20th novel The Family Gift and explains why her books always have strong female characters at their heart. Despite being a renowned bestselling author, Cathy speaks candidly about her own self-doubt and how “we read to know we’re not alone, that other people have felt pain and suffering.” Cathy explains why she…

The Mother of the Brontes – When Maria met Patrick by Sharon Wright AUTHOR OF THE WEEK with Josephine Pembroke

The Mother of the Brontes – When Maria met Patrick by Sharon Wright AUTHOR OF THE WEEK with Josephine Pembroke   Who was the Bronte’s mother? How much influence did she have on them? Was she a writer herself? These are the questions I  asked author, journalist and native of Bradford, Sharon Wright. Sharon talks to Josephine…

Dana Czapnik’s The Falconer, an athlete comes of age in New York with Donna Freed

16 Oct 2019

Dana chose the early 1990’s to set her novel of a young woman athlete coming of age in New York City. These were the first women who were the full beneficiaries of the first wave of feminism. But, as we know, it wasn’t a perfect world. Seventeen year old Lucy, secretly in love with her…

Allie Esiri reveals Shakespeare you can taste every day of the year with Donna Freed

Allie Esiri is desperate for you to fall in love with poetry, one day at a time (A Poem for Every Day of the Year & A Poem for Every Night of the Year) and she has now set her sights on Shakespeare.  Don’t be afraid, dears, take your literary medicine, one loving Shakespearean spoonful…

You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World, Dr. Clare Wright

You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World, Dr. Clare Wright Clare Wright is on a mission to remind us of the that it was due to some courageous women who, at the very birth of the Australian nation, demanded and achieved the vote and the right to stand…

Dinner with Edward by New York Post Journalist Isabel Vincent with Donna Freed

Dinner with Edward by New York Post Journalist Isabel Vincent Edward had just lost the love of his life and his reason for living. In walks Isabel and their friendship blooms over his carefully and artfully prepared dinners. His extraordinary love affair – ongoing even after death – highlighted the cracks in Isabel’s faltering marriage….

CONFESSIONS of BAD MOTHER – The TEENAGE YEARS with Donna Freed

01 Oct 2019

Stephanie Calman confesses that she is the worst teenager in her house! CONFESSIONS of BAD MOTHER – The TEENAGE YEARS Confessions of a Bad Mother, The Teenage Years is Stephanie Calman’s realisation that her really rather nice children were growing up faster than advertised and not only would they be witheringly more clever than their…

A story of obsession, desire and violence for Elle Nash’s debut: Animals Eat Each Other with Donna Freed

19 Sep 2019

A story of obsession, desire and violence for Elle Nash’s debut: Animals Eat Each Other with Donna Freed A girl on the margins of a small town, so desperate for love and attention, falls into a relationship with a couple, tattoo artist and satanist Matt and his girlfriend Frankie. She is so willing to belong,…

A dystopian tale set in the near future and a distant Highland past: A Superior Spectre by AUTHOR Angela Meyer

A dystopian tale set in the near future and a distant Highland past: A Superior Spectre by AUTHOR Angela Meyer Angela Meyer has worked as an editor bringing other books to life meanwhile, she’s been toiling away to produce her own breakout debut, A Superior Spectre. Jeff is dying, his body and mind rotting with…

TIGER – by Polly Clark, a book full of real tigers GORGEOUS READS with Donna Freed

15 Aug 2019

TIGER – by Polly Clark, a book full of real tigers GORGEOUS READS with Donna Freed Polly Clark, writer and former zoo keeper travelled to Siberia to study Tigers which she found to be extraordinary, independent animals. The humans in the book learn a new way of life based on survival from these wild, independent,…

The Beekeeper of Aleppo, an ordinary couple’s extraordinary tale of horror, healing and hope out of war torn Syria

14 Aug 2019

The Beekeeper of Aleppo, an ordinary couple’s extraordinary tale of horror, healing and hope out of war torn Syria Christy Lefteri’s moving story of a couple tested to the limits of their love and sanity as casualties of the war in Syria was born of her experiences as the daughter of Cypriot refugees as well…

Kate Hamer, Crushed with Donna Freed

13 Aug 2019

Kate Hamer, Crushed with Donna Freed Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. The opening lines of Macbeth could also set the scene in Bath for three adolescent girls bound or intent? on: “double toil and trouble!” Each of Kate Hamer’s books (The Girl in the Red Coat…

Alison Weir: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

Alison Weir: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets Persistent rumours swirled around Anna of Kleve… Alison Weir introduces us to a fresh version of Henry VIII’s fourth wife who is mostly famous for not living up to her flattering portrait. On the other hand, Anna of Kleve was popular and spirited and she had the…

“Mother sold her son for £500 to her sister,” A PERFECT EXPLANATION by Eleanor Anstruther,

18 Jun 2019

Eleanor Anstruther is a woman who always knew that her aristocratic father carried a dark secret. He was shockingly sold to his aunt by his mother for the sum of £500. Eleanor Anstruther, an author like her father, interviewed him near the end of his life about his secret. He gave permission for Eleanor to…

How to access, Personal ‘Higher’ Energy, with author & coach Delilah Sullivan

  ‘Looking after our personal energy is vital’ Delilah Sullivan tells me as I sit opposite her in a coffee shop in Barnes. Her book ‘The Teachings of Mr P’ sounds a little like a precursor to ‘The Book of O’, but is nothing like it (in fact, quite the opposite). The book is really…

Bev Thomas, A Good Enough Mother A literary psychological suspense thriller

    As a therapist and head of a trauma therapy unit, Ruth is on top of her game but her personal life has imploded. She has papered over the cracks in her life in the wake of her son’s disappearance and buried herself in her role at work. These cracks break open when she…

THE ZONE OF CONNECTION – Shift your energy to Happiness, Love & Beyond

31 May 2019

THE ZONE OF CONNECTION – Shift your energy to Happiness, Love & Beyond, with Penny Mallinson & Sue Coyne   Josephine from Radio Gorgeous meets two women who have connected through looking for something more in their lives. They started to journey inwards on a spiritual journey with amazing results and together they have created THE…

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