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  • Toksvig's Almanac 2021

  • An Eclectic Meander Through the Historical Year by Sandi Toksvig
  • By: Sandi Toksvig
  • Narrated by: Sandi Toksvig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Women
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (387 ratings)

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Summary

Let Sandi Toksvig guide you on an eclectic meander through the calendar, illuminating neglected corners of history to tell tales of the fascinating figures you didn't learn about at school. From popes who gave birth during papal processions, to the inventor of Scrabble, to pioneering civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, who refused to give up her seat on a train decades before Rosa Parks was born. As witty and entertaining as it is instructive, this is an essential companion to each day of the year.

©2020 Sandi Toksvig (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Fabulous!

A wonderful, witty book. Brilliantly read by the author. Celebrating the remarkable stories of women in history, as well as delightful poems and interesting facts and folklore about our calendar itself. Have recommended to all of my most discerning friends!

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A new school history silabus

what we should have learned in school and never got the chance. this brilliant romp through the women of history will leave you feeling inspired and more than a little angry that you've never heard of any of them!

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Wonderful and inspiring

Wonderful. I'm off to research womenI'd never heard of and really should have. I can't wait to share it with my daughters.

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Outstanding as always

Another amazing listen, Sandi is so wonderful to listen to and her writing is superb.

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Uplifting and inspiring

I’ve always liked Sandi but I loved this book. It is full of incredible ladies from history and must have taken a huge amount of research to put together. It’s interesting and funny and I can’t recommend it enough.

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brilliant!

love this! big fan of Sandi. did not disappoint. full of fun facts, really well written and read. Definitely recommend xx

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Caution

just utterly gorgeous. but listen with caution you will want a pen and paper to note down all the people you want to research

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Kate Greenaway

I enjoyed this very much and learned a great deal. My only quibble is that there was no mention of how Kate Greenaway has been commemorated by the UK’s Library Association by the naming of an award after her. The annual award for illustration in books for children is named in her honour the Kate Greenaway Award and has been won by some very prestigious people.

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educative, amusing and inspiring

Sandi has opened my eyes to a world of women and their unsung contribution over time to every walk of life. I feel angry that I knew so little if so many of these women. I am inspired to write.

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Brilliant peak into the lives of spectacular women

Beautiful, eye-opening, easy read, bringing brief biographies of impressive women into the light from the corners of history to which they have been unfairly banished. Just the kind of life-enhancing book that can make a lockdown lighter.

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  • Katie J
  • 22-01-22

Perfection! 10 stars ✨

I love everything Sandi has written and recommend her books including this one to EVERYONE. She is hilarious and incredibly intelligent. 100% entertaining.

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  • Rae
  • 05-06-22

simply one of my favorite people

Sandi is so witty and wonderful in everything she appears on and I was thrilled to find she'd written books. Even more chuffed to hear her narrating! Feminist fun for every day of the year plus some!

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  • Mcconn 318
  • 19-12-21

Brilliantly researched; lovingly delivered

Wonderful learning experience. Was encouraged that someone was working to uncover the untold contributions of so many women. It is also saddening that so many talents were stolen, obscured or just omitted.
Here’s to a future where women are no longer marginalized. Thank you Sandy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-21

Gripping, fascinating and brilliantly performed!

Treat yourself to this wonderful book. Sandi steers you through the year, and on the way you will encounter women who each in their own way have made the world a better place. Some of them you might have heard of, but most of them not. We are the stories that we tell, and history is the stories that have been told. This book inspires to change history by telling everywomans story. Thank you Sandi ❤️