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The Housekeepers Tale – The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House by Tessa Boase/ Author of the Week

30 Sep 2014

  Author of the Week: Tessa Boase: The Housekeeper’s Tale Subtitled, The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House, journalist and author Tessa Boase discovered that, in fact, the butler didn’t do it. She plowed through bundles of letters, diaries and household accounts to reveal a full picture of these grand houses and the…

Young feminist we ask Charlie Brades what’s happening? on GORGEOUS GOSSIP

23 Sep 2014

Josephine talks to YOUNG FEMINIST Charlie Brades Also, Can we have it all? Do we even want it? Josephine and Donna discuss Nathalie Loiseau’s new book: Choissez Tout! She is under the impression that women, in trying to be the perfect wives and mothers, are holding back their careers. Stop helicoptering, enough with the breast…

Susan Osman Interfaith Minister on Radio Gorgeous

16 Sep 2014

Susan Osman Interfaith Minister Susan Osman, former BBC presenter and Chinese State Radio maverick, is now an interfaith minister. She explains exactly what this means as well as the extraordinary moment when she understood that she had a calling. She talks about her work as a spiritual counsellor and healer. www.rainbowsendfoundation.co.uk

EMMA BRIDGEWATER Toast & Marmalade & Other Stories – An Interview with Josephine Pembroke on GORGEOUS LIVES

11 Sep 2014

Emma Bridgwater From the simple idea of wanting to create the perfect bowl and mug for her mum’s dresser, Emma Bridgewater built the pottery empire she always dreamed of. The colourful, cheerful and practical ceramics have the same design she drew 30 years ago in her Brixton squat. She’s come a long way since then…

FREAK OUT My Life with Frank Zappa by Pauline Butcher – Author of the Week with Donna Freed

10 Sep 2014

Freak Out! is exactly what Pauline Butcher did not do when she arrived to take dictation at Frank Zappa’s London hotel room in her Biba outfit and straightened hair in 1967. This chance meeting resulted in her becoming Frank Zappa’s live in secretary in California. She tells the tale of her time at The Ranch…

Birds with BOTTLE – Wine experts Mel Jones MW & Sandra Clement on GORGEOUS GOSSIP

09 Sep 2014

Birds with Bottle Josephine and Donna were so eager to get to the booze, they didn’t even bother to gossip! The lovely ladies from Birds with Bottle Mel Jones MW and Sandra Clement are passionate about wine and food & wine matching but hate all the poncy stuff that seems to come with wine education….

Susan Osman China Radio International, Reinvents herself & creates a new career

30 Jul 2014

  SUSAN OSMAN – CHINA Susan Osman decided that news presenting possibilities in Bristol (where she worked with our very own dear Josephine) and London. China seemed the new frontier so she applied for a job but as she was wildly over qualified she was asked to set up a morning radio show, China Radio…

On the Far Side There’s a Boy Paula Coston – Author of the Week on Literary Lusts with Donna Freed

29 Jul 2014

Paula Coston returns to Radio Gorgeous with her own novel (she covered the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre for us) which is a fictional version of her real life circumstance of becoming a childless woman via circumstance. As it is a growing statistic that 1 in 5 women are childless and…

Joan Widdifield – Film maker talks about RAINY SEASON set in post war VIETNAM with Donna Freed

23 Jul 2014

Rainy Season is a documentary focusing on the Hoang family, rubber tree farmers in rural Vietnam whose son, Tien was killed age seven.   He was killed by unexploded American mortar leftover from the Vietnam War, an undeclared war still being waged by the Hoang familiy and families like them. Joan talks about how stories…

HER by Harriet Lane A Novel about a TOXIC friendship

15 Jul 2014

    HER by Harriet Lane A Novel about a TOXIC friendship “A seductive thriller” Donna Freed Radio Gorgeous HER is a story about the how in the vulnerability of early motherhood we may misinterpret friendships and this particular friendship is highly toxic indeed. Harriet Lane speaks openly of the fears that led her to…

London Theatre Summer Round Up & ToXic Friendships on GORGEOUS GOSSIP with Josephine & Donna

14 Jul 2014

Donna and Josephine have made treks to the Regents Park outdoor theatre. Donna to see the exhuberant, kid friendly – think panto participation at some points – 12th Night. Josephine went for the much more high brow but equally entertaining Porgy and Bess. Donna also spoke to Tanya Moodie who plays Esther, a black seamstress…

SHIRLEY CONRAN on GORGEOUS LIVES – Money Stuff, Superwoman, Lace & MORE….

10 Jul 2014

SHIRLEY CONRAN Her early divorce, along with her innate and pragmatic design sense and a gift for teaching has driven Shirley Conran to do many things: free women from housework (Superwoman), teach girls about sex (Lace), demand a work/life balance and she has now turned to money and maths. Women don’t have enough money and…

CLERKENWELL DESIGN SHOW on Gorgeous Gossip: We ask about your business ideas

07 Jul 2014

  CLERKENWELL DESIGN SHOW Donna went to the House of Detention to meet some of the designers at the Clerkenwell Design Week whose work was displayed among the cells of the former women’s prison. Josephine and Donna then discuss whether they could start a business – well, another one. Do you have a business in…

Melissa Cole BEER EXPERT has a pint with Josephine – and tells us what to drink CHEERS!

03 Jul 2014

Melissa Cole BEER EXPERT Meet Melissa Cole – Beer expert and a woman. The beer industry is male dominated and the consensus seems to be that if we ladies will dain to drink beer, we want it sweet. Thank goodness she is there to set them straight. She and Josephine met for lunch and a…

Best of Radio Gorgeous with JO WOOD, NAOMI WOLF & HARRIET SERGEANT

25 Jun 2014

Best of Radio Gorgeous You are in for a treat we have created an easy to digest ‘Best of Radio Gorgeous’ for you to enjoy. Firstly you will hear perky Jo Wood talking about hanging out with the Rolling Stones and then the happiness that came from getting of their cloud. Then meet Harriet Sergeant…

BE SAFE I LOVE YOU by Cara Hoffman

24 Jun 2014

Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman As the saying goes: you can never go home again. It’s especially hard to go home if you’ve been in a combat zone. Be Safe I Love You tells the story of Lauren Clay, a woman soldier returned from Iraq, to find her role as the caretaker of the family…

Rachel Howzell Hall Land of Shadows

17 Jun 2014

  Rachel Howzell Hall Land of Shadows Rachel Howzell Hall has turned to crime fiction and created detective Lou Norton, an indelible female detective working the very LA Jungle where she (and Rachel Howzell Hall) grew up – a perfect mix of LA grit and glam. She also shares with Donna her battle with breast…

Mona Simpson Casebook

10 Jun 2014

Mona Simpson Casebook If you don’t know her, Mona Simpson may sound familiar because Homer Simpson’s mother was named after her or more impressively she is on her sixth novel. Her first novel, Anywhere But Here won the Whiting Prize and was turned into a film. At 25 she found – and recently lost –…

You Can Be Younger – Use the Power of your mind in 10 simple steps by MARISA PEER

29 Apr 2014

Celebrity hypnotherapist Marisa Peer talked to Josephine about harnessing the power of your own mind to make you look and feel 10 years younger in 10 simple steps. First step: eat the oily fish! Step two….listen to her on Radio Gorgeous!  Buy YOU CAN BE YOUNGER www.marisapeer.com @MarisaPeer  Thanks to our PARTNERS: Movement for Modern…

Joan Breton Connelly The Parthenon Enigma: A Journey Into Legend

10 Apr 2014

Length: 38mins     Gorgeous Lives – Professor Joan Breton Connelly The Parthenon Enigma: A Journey Into Legend We have decided that Professor Connelly has it all: she couldn’t be smarter or prettier and she spends two thirds of the year swanning about New York and infecting young minds with her love of all things Ancient…