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

22 Jun 2020

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…

THE LAST, One Hotel, Twenty Survivors by Hanna Jameson, Author with Josephine Pembroke

08 Feb 2019

    THE LAST, One Hotel, Twenty Survivors by Hanna Jameson, Author with Josephine Pembroke    Nuclear bombs have been dropped globally and Jon is on a conference in Switzerland, the world has ended. Then the internet goes down, what to do? 20 people are left in the hotel, a dead body is found. Novelist…

Catherine Isaac, You Me Everything with Donna Freed GORGEOUS READS

19 Dec 2018

Catherine Isaac, You Me Everything with Donna Freed GORGEOUS READS  Catherine Isaac used wrote frothy and funny romances under the name of Jane Costello for over 10 years but when she had the idea for this story, she decided to take her writing to a more serious level. Without revealing the story, it is the heart-breaking…

Edible Pleasures – A Textbook of Aphrodisiacs by Lana Citron with Josephine Pembroke on Radio GORGEOUS

17 Dec 2018

Edible Pleasures – A Textbook of Aphrodisiacs by Lana Citron with Josephine Pembroke Did you know that kiss means smell in other countries and that even everyday food like milk and bread are aphrodisiacs? Author Lana explains our sensual relationship between food and sex and how smell, taste and lust are all intertwined. #RadioGorgeous #Sex…

The Hedgehog Handbook by Sally Coulthard, sex with spines with Corinna MacShane

30 Oct 2018

The Hedgehog Handbook by Sally Coulthard, sex with spines with Corinna MacShane  Best-selling homes, design and outdoor spaces author Sally Coulthard has recently published her first book about animals. Sally explains why she chose to focus on hedgehogs, how they are in danger and what we can all do to help. Sally also talks to…

Amy Heydenrych, Shame On You with Donna Freed AUTHOR OF THE WEEK

18 Oct 2018

    Amy Heydenrych, Shame On You with Donna Freed AUTHOR OF THE WEEK   Working as a PR, Amy selected social media influencers to work with global brands and became fascinated by the disparity in their images and their real lives. In Shame of You, Holly is a clean eating social media sensation with…

Anna Mazzola, The Story Keeper with Donna Freed – GORGEOUS READS

02 Aug 2018

      Anna Mazzola, The Story Keeper with Donna Freed – GORGEOUS READS  Anna Mazzola excels at creating the atmosphere of her historically set novels. In The Story Keeper, we follow Audrey Hart from 1857 London to the Isle of Skye where the clearances have wreaked havoc in the crofting communities where she is trying to work…

Noelle Harrison The Gravity of Love AUTHOR with Donna Freed

08 Jul 2018

  Noelle Harrison  The Gravity of Love AUTHOR with Donna Freed A sweeping story of love spanning the swinging 60’s of London and sultry desert nights in 80’s Arizona. When your very identity is under question, how far and in what direction will love pull you? The death of her father sends shock waves through…

Caroline’s Bikini by Kirsty Gunn AUTHOR of The Week with Donna Freed

22 Jun 2018

Caroline’s Bikini by Kirsty Gunn AUTHOR of THE WEEK with Donna Freed Kirsty Gunn rips it up and starts again with each of her books, wrenching original novels out of her imagination. Her latest, a comedy about the impossible perfection of unrequited love, leaves as much out as in… much like a bikini! www.kirsty-gunn.com #RadioGorgeous…

Bonnie MacBird, Unquiet Spirits, Author of the Week with Donna Freed

09 May 2018

Author of the Week: Bonnie MacBird, Unquiet Spirits with Donna Freed The second of Bonnie MacBird’s faithful, full length Sherlock Holmes novels is infused with the ghostly presences of the past history of the MacLaren whiskey family and Sherlock himself. The explosive adventure travels through London, the Cote d’Azur and the Highlands. Bonnie brings all…

Katie Fforde, A Country Escape with Donna Freed AUTHOR OF THE WEEK on Radio Gorgeous

25 Feb 2018

Katie Fforde, A Country Escape with Donna Freed, AUTHOR OF THE WEEK on Radio Gorgeous Katie’s latest heroine, Fran, moves to the country to run a dairy farm, only problem: petrified of cows! As per usual, there are some other obstacles but both Fran and Katie, show their love of the countryside and its unique…

Fern Britton, Coming Home, with Josephine Pembroke GORGEOUS GOSSIP

Fern Britton, Coming Home, with Josephine Pembroke – GORGEOUS GOSSIP   Fern and Josephine get comfy on the sofa and chat away about Fern’s latest novel Coming Home, set in her beloved Cornwall. Fern also tells us how she finally seduced Phil her husband when working on Ready, Steady, Cook. Fern also opens up about…

Mother Anguish – A Memoir by Basia Briggs with Josephine Pembroke

28 Jan 2018

  Mother Anguish – A Memoir by Basia Briggs with Josephine Pembroke GORGEOUS LIVES  How does one survive abuse, alcoholism and a wild mother? Listen to this tantalising life story of courage and grit. Mother Anguish, A Memoir is published by Quartet. Buy it here #HighSociety #Royals #Abuse #RadioGorgeous Never miss a podcast sign up…

A Wood of One’s Own by Ruth Pavey AUTHOR of the Week with Josephine Pembroke

17 Dec 2017

A Wood of One’s Own by Ruth Pavey AUTHOR of the Week with Josephine Pembroke We have all dreamed of saving the planet, but we don’t do anything about it. Ruth Pavey had a vision to plant trees, so she bought a dilapidated wood on the Somerset Levels. Her adventures include rough living, using a chainsaw…

Nicola Upson, Nine Lessons GORGEOUS READS with Donna Freed

29 Nov 2017

Nicola Upson, Nine Lessons GORGEOUS READS, with Donna Freed   Nicola Upson weaves fact and fiction throughout her Josephine Tey mysteries; she incorporates what is known of the real life Golden Age crime writer and casts her in the role of detective. Upson’s triumph is to not only resurrect historical crimes cleverly and enjoyably but…

Love & Fame, Susie Boyt Author of the Week with Josephine Pembroke

13 Nov 2017

  Love & Fame, Susie Boyt, Author of the Week with Josephine Pembroke Lover of musicals and observer of quirky family relationships, author Susie Boyt discusses death, mourning and how it feels to belong and feel at home in a capital city. Buy the book: https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9780349008905 Follow: @SusieBoyt  #Love&Fame #SusieBoyt #Witty #Fiction #London Even more…

Kate Griffen, Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow Author of the Week with Donna Freed

30 Oct 2017

Kate Griffen, Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow Author of the Week with Donna Freed  The third of four in the Kitty Peck Mysteries finds our plucky heroine (a la Vanity Fair’s Becky Sharp from the gutter) in charge of the Paradise empire of music halls and various other criminal enterprises inherited from Lady Ginger….

Sarah Franklin, SHELTER Author of the Week with Donna Freed

16 Oct 2017

Sarah Franklin, SHELTER Author of the Week with Donna Freed Set in the Forest of Dean in the spring of 1944, Shelter is the debut novel from Sarah Franklin, 2 time judge of the Costa Short Story Award, founder & host of Short Stories Aloud and lecturer in publishing at Oxford Brooks . The Forest…

The Orphans Annemarie Neary Author of the Week with Donna Freed

09 Aug 2017

The Orphans Annemarie Neary with Donna Freed AUTHOR OF THE WEEK  Two young children, siblings, abandoned on a beach on Goa; the disappearance blights and drives both their lives but in different directions. She needs to bury the past. He won’t let it lie. www.annemarieneary.co.uk @AnnemarieNeary1 #thriller #TheOrphans #radiogorgeous LOVE interviews?Never miss the latest authors 

Shari Lapena, A Stranger in the House AUTHOR with Donna Freed on Radio Gorgeous

07 Aug 2017

Shari Lapena, A Stranger in the House AUTHOR with Donna Freed on Radio Gorgeous  While it was her goal to write a thriller and if it turned into an international bestseller so much the better but now the pressure is on: we want another one. Happily, Shari thrives under pressure and has produced another page turning,…