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    This long-awaited memoir from one of Britain's best-loved celebrities - a writer, broadcaster, activist, comic on stage, screen and radio for nearly 40 years, presenter of QI and Great British Bake Off star - is an autobiography with a difference: as only Sandi Toksvig can tell it.  

    'Between the Stops is a sort of a memoir, my sort. It's about a bus trip really, because it's my view from the Number 12 bus (mostly top deck, the seat at the front on the right), a double-decker that plies its way from Dulwich, in South East London, where I was living, to where I sometimes work - at the BBC, in the heart of the capital. It's not a sensible way to write a memoir at all, probably, but it's the way things pop into your head as you travel, so it's my way'.    

    From London facts including where to find the blue plaque for Una Marson, 'The first black woman programme maker at the BBC', to discovering the best Spanish coffee under Southwark's railway arches; from a brief history of lady gangsters at Elephant and Castle to memories of climbing Mount Sinai and, at the request of a fellow traveller, reading aloud the Ten Commandments; from the story behind Pissarro's painting of Dulwich Station to performing in Footlights with Emma Thompson; from painful memoires of being sent to Coventry while at a British boarding school to thinking about how Wombells Travelling Circus of 1864 haunts Peckham Rye; from anecdotes about meeting Prince Charles, Monica Lewinsky and Grayson Perry to Bake-Off antics; from stories of a real and lasting friendship with John McCarthy to the importance of family and the daunting navigation of the Zambezi River in her father's canoe, this Sandi Toksvig-style memoir is, as one would expect and hope, packed full of surprises.   

    A funny and moving trip through memories, musings and the many delights on the Number 12 route, Between the Stops is also an inspiration to us all to get off our phones, look up and to talk to each other because, as Sandi says, 'Some of the greatest trips lie on our own doorstep'.

    ©2019 Sandi Toksvig (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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    • Steve Killingback
    • 05/01/2020

    Funny, interesting and enlightening. A must listen.

    Loved listening to Sandi’s thoughts, memories and experiences, particularly as they relate to London. I learned a lot about this amazing city as well as about Sandi, one of my favorite entertainers.

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    • John S.
    • 29/12/2019

    Can only speak for myself

    I don't often have love-hate relationships with books, but this one, yes.

    I had no idea who the author was when I dropped a credit on the audiobook; summary sounded good, and I liked the sample. Afterwards, I've decided that the premise was sound, with top-notch writing, but the execution of the material failed me. To put it bluntly, ripping off the Band Aid (Elastoplast): memoir, history and current events were poorly integrated, with the heavy-handed feminism tiring rather than effective.

    Can't recommended it, not sorry I bought it. Already a fan, grab it! If not, Your Mileage May Vary!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 22/02/2020

    Excellent

    The only thing I disliked about this book is that it had to end. The snippets of history, interspersed with interesting stories of Ms. Toksvig's life was excellent. I loved that it wasn't a memoir of just about the high points of her life and career but it had her unique perspective on many different points. She certainly has had many interesting experiences and listening to her read the book was just as if she where telling anecdotes at a great party.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 19/02/2020

    Wonderful Read

    I'll keep it simple, listen to this book. It's well worth a credit. Do it.

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    • word.lover
    • 13/01/2020

    Sandy Delivers From the beginning, I felt wrapped

    From the beginning I felt wrapped up in Sandy's voice. I'm familiar with some of her television work, which is outstanding. Her story is fascinating, and she's a role model for all women.

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    • Tracey
    • 05/01/2020

    Part History, Part Biography, Lot of Feminism

    I became acquainted with Sandi Toksvig from the Great British Baking Show. I thought she was an interesting woman, and wanted to find out more about her. I knew she was a lesbian and was married to her partner, from Wikipedia but I wanted to know more. I searched on Audible and found this gem. She narrates this from her view on riding her city bus from home to work. She talks about the history of the little towns and villages she passes, and is always wondering why more women are not mentioned in the UK history. She is a great narrator, and she is easy to listen to. I will be recommending this book to anyone who is a fan of the Great British Baking Show or who loves history.

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    • KjHurley82
    • 11/11/2019

    delightful!

    loved it! I read mostly on my commute, but I couldn't put this down and finished it in a week (fast when you normally get about 90 min to listen per day). considering I read it mostly on my commute, it really did feel like I was sitting next to her as she told her story.

    truly, an enjoyable book.

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    • RWS
    • 02/11/2019

    Brilliant, Touching and Funny

    A tremendous read / listen .... I laughed out loud and shed a tear, what more can you ask for?

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    • Margaret L. Cross
    • 05/02/2021

    Charm and inspiration

    Sandi Toksvig is been a staple of British television for decades, and this books gives us a glimpse into her fascinating and inspiring life. With humor and poignancy, Sandy shares her thoughts on her own past, and her hopes for the future. Highly recommend it.

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    • Michele B
    • 31/01/2021

    I Love Sandi. I did not want this book to end

    I loved the concept of riding the bus and perusing history, London’s, as well as Sandi’s. This book is a wonderful listen’ and I simply wanted to go on, riding the #12 bus, listening to Sandi muse and reminisce.

    If you have a warmer-than- room temperature IQ, and possess a sense of humor, you, too, will love this book