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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 (200 ratings)

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Between the Stops

By: Sandi Toksvig
Narrated by: Sandi Toksvig
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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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Best book in years

Fabulous book. Sandi kept me enthralled all the way through. Intelligent and interesting lady that I related to so well that I listened to the whole story in 1 day. Very sorry its finished

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I just don’t want it to end

Simply love her stories. I have not been able to stop listening and don’t want it to end.

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Amazing

What a powerful book that is written from the heart. Not just a memoir but a wonderful history of London. It had me laughing out loud and at other times I felt so sad. I did not realise how talented Sandi is and how many strings she has to her bow. I would love to meet her, shake her by the hand and say Thank You from women everywhere.

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pure class

Sandi is a fascinating, strong woman whose writing is intelligent and entertaining. Most enjoyable ramble amongst everyday London life.

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We'll delivered, interesting memoir

Sandi delivered an interesting memoir. I enjoyed the concept of combining historical and geographical information about London with details of Sandi's history.

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Wonderful

One of the most enchanting, powerful, loving and interesting memoirs I have ever encountered… the world is a better place for Sandi Toksvig

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An Enjoyable Ride Along With Sandi

This is the first time listening to a Sandi book, having been a big fan of her from Q.I. Listening to Sandi regale her story while driving hundreds of kilometres by myself I was frequently laughing out loud. Listening to this Dane, come New Yorker, come Brit has been a wonderful listen that will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys her other work.

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Fabulous

Fascinating, educational and so engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Highly recommend everyone to listen to it!

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A lovely way to get to know Sandi - thank you!

I'm someone who's only just starting to appreciate Sandi's long career & life as someone where her homosexuality was needing to be hidden by some. What a time she's explained to us readers & listeners she's experienced. I listened to most of this in my car laughing & smiling & shedding an occasional tear. Thank you Sandi for Sharon much of your story here!

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Loved this !

Thank you Sandi for entertaining me - I’m just so sorry you had to go through all that pain, I had no idea! You’re truly amazing, your wit and humor are astonishing, please keep doing what you’re doing, what a gift!!

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