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This story about the beginnings of BBC radio, radio in general, and the changing times surrounding this period is interesting and provides insight to time most of us do not know. The historical detail and period sense were strong and clearly well researched.
The author chose a fictional protagonist to center the story and unfortunately that character is not as strong as the story. She stammers and hesitates throughout the first half of the book, starting every sentence with "Uh" or "Well" and usually both. After dozens and dozens of these, I literally yelled at her in the car one day "Just SAY it". So brace yourself for that.
However, the story and historical period are interesting and little known. You can't help but think of parallels in technology breakthroughs today as you read and the perspective this story provides is striking. We can't understand the impact of some technologies early on because we can't imagine the enabling environment -- just as Gutenberg probably couldn't foresee universal literacy.
So an interesting story and period, peopled by some remarkable historical figures, but with a protagonist that can grate on your nerves -- not so much because of her views and assumptions (which reflect the period) but because of personal quirks.
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