GORGEOUS READS in association with Henpicked - wisdom of women

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….

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…

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