Get Your Free Audiobook

Between the Stops

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

Non-member price: $30.38

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's 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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

witty, intelligent, heartfelt

Best book that I have read in years! I loved the novel way that memories, landmarks and events were weaved together into an enthralling rich story.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Most entertaining and insightful<br />

I absolutely loved this book! It was one of the best books I've listened to in a while.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for word.lover
  • word.lover
  • 13-01-2020

Sandy Delivers<br />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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Steve Killingback
  • 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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tracey
  • 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.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for John S.
  • 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!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for RWS
  • 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?

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for cwmbear
  • cwmbear
  • 06-11-2019

Marvellous listening

Rarely has a book reduced me to tears of laughter, joy and sorrow.
Very easy listening, and one I will return to several times.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Whistling Woman
  • Whistling Woman
  • 03-11-2019

Thank You Sandi

Thank you for the giggles, thank you for the trivia, thank you for the history lessons and most of all, thank you for the food for thought. You are a gift to readers, listeners and viewers everywhere

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sall
  • Sall
  • 20-11-2019

Fabulously quirky

I really loved this book. It was written in a very clever and interesting way. I felt I learned about Sandy but so also learned about London in equal measures. It has a feminist thread running through it, but only in as much to make you question the way things are. A brilliantly light hearted read. I now want to make Sandy my new best friend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Cavfan
  • Cavfan
  • 08-01-2020

A very pleasant journey

I loved being on that bus with Sandi! it was a fascinating journey both through London and its history and with Sani and her history. What a clever way of telling her story. I really enjoyed listening to her as well her voice is full of expression and kept me hooked throughout! not always the case with some narrators. I admit to a little tear at the end !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ian Smith
  • Ian Smith
  • 06-01-2020

Delightful, like having an open chat

Not the usual style of autobiography, but this is Sandi Toksvig, after all.

I loved it. A delightful combination of historical trivia with her own life story, told openly and honestly. I wanted to give her a friendly hug at the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-2020

Clever, full of facts and so so human.

So Sandi is one of those National Treasures. She is clever, witty and her passion for facts and history drew me to this book. Her trips on the 12 are full of facts about her fellow citizens past and those sitting next to her. Her desire to advance and indeed to remember women on an equal level with men shines through as does her belief in the goodness of humanity. She has researched and indeed presented her facts with a quick and quirky but interesting way of storytelling. I read could not put it down.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-2019

brilliant!! .

The tales history and character Sandi are fantastic....
just sit back and loose yourself in this mini adventure!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jen W
  • Jen W
  • 29-11-2019

Loved every minute!

What a fantastic memoir, Sandi’s life is so full,varied and interesting.
Saddened deeply to hear of the darker parts of her life.
Cannot recommend this book enough!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for nicholas thomas
  • nicholas thomas
  • 20-01-2020

A bit like her, clever, different, outstanding

sublime, fantastic, strong, subtle, woven threads that tell you what you need to know without salacious nonsense. 1st auto biography that I have read for a long time that isnt an exercise in saying look at me, look at me.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mrs. S. A. Thorpe
  • Mrs. S. A. Thorpe
  • 20-01-2020

“Enjoyed” doesn’t seem enough

“Hope you enjoyed the book” I’m asked at the end of the best bus journey I’ve ever been on with Sandy; it was a privilege. I did more than enjoy it and wished it never ended. There was highs and lows and true snort out loud moments of which I apologise to my fellow passengers. I found it informative, entertaining and at time I was so incensed by the injustice. It was pure genius the premise of the book, interspersing historic facts and personal moments. Sandy you are an inspiration and thank you for writing this book.