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  • Between the Stops

  • The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus
  • By: Sandi Toksvig
  • Narrated by: Sandi Toksvig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (3,153 ratings)

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Between the Stops

By: Sandi Toksvig
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Summary

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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I am a fan of Sandi Toksvig

Mainly I enjoyed this book and I do love Sandi Toksvig, however although I totally understand her point of view I just feel that she is a little overzealous to the extent that she is down on men because they are men. This is the exact mirror image of her complaints that women are put down because they are women. The stories were delightful and beautifully told and Sandi has a lovely nature and is so ‘sensible’. I enjoyed listening to her musings.

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  • 14-04-24

Eclectic mix of memories and history.

This was the most interesting listen. An autobiography like no other. With an amazing brain like Sandi’s it was never going to be about just a life. Although what is shared of that life is extraordinary, great sadness, happiness and just determination. Brilliant.

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I could listen her for hours - and often do

Another joy of a listen . Fascinating, educational, witty and kinda deep . A perfect listen

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Superbly constructed journey

An absolute joy to listen to, Sandy's delivery makes it all the more comforting. On the whole very funny, but punctuated with a punch to guts every so often bringing you back to Earth.

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Will make you laugh and cry out loud, be careful where you listen to this

Absolutely loved this, thought I knew about Sandy but this clarified everything. Couldn’t believe the boat trip was such a disaster as I loved the series and book as you looked like you are having a great time! Has made me look at life and things a bit differently and for the better.

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Brilliant

Sandi Toksvig treats us to a glimpse into her amazing mind. A wonderful mix of Humanity, I knowledge, compassion and humour.. I did not want this book to end. A must listen.

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Fascinating & Thought-provoking

Excellent book. Lots of facts, lots of humour and brilliantly narrated by the wonderful Sandi Toksvig herself.

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Probably the best memoir I'll ever read/listen to

I loved listening to this, Sandi Toksvig is an amazing person, feminist, writer, comedienne and even narrator of her life. What a wonderful book and life!

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  • 17-01-20

Wonderful recollection

Beautifully written. I laughed out loud and cries too. Thanks Sandi you are a star x

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Riveting

Highly enjoyable, thought provoking, laugh out loud funny and also poignant - highly recommended

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