The Egyptian novelist and BBC presenter Salma El-Wardany is the new breakfast show host for BBC Radio London.

El-Wardany’s new role involves bringing news and entertainment from across the 32 boroughs of London to listeners, from Monday to Thursday, 7 – 10am.

Exciting news for El-Wardany whose literary career is simultaneously soaring. Her debut novel These Impossible Things, which was sold in a six-figure deal, was published on June 7 by Grand Central Publishing. These Impossible Things was listed as a Marie Claire Book Club Pick for June 2022 and named a “Most Anticipated Book” by a number of major book and news sources like BustleFortune, and BookRiot. She has also contributed to anthologies like It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race and Crown Anthology (Lost Poets).

El-Wardany shared the news on Instagram with a fun reel:


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She accompanied her announcement with a hilarious caption:

I don’t know how to say this without sounding salacious, but do you want to wake up with me?

I’ve got a brand new job as the new breakfast show host on @bbcradiolondon which means, every morning, Monday to Thursday, 7-10am, I will help you rise. (Truly trying to keep it clean here)

Innuendos aside, I’m your woman to get you started, get your day going, keep you informed, have a morning cuppa with and hopefully, give you a little giggle to get you ready for the day. I know we’d all rather a little tickle, but I’ve been told to keep it clean.

Congratulations to Salma El-Wardany!