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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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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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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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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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Delightful reflection on Sandi’s life and London’s History

Very entertaining and easy to listen to Sandi reflect on her life’s achievements and motivations, all with interesting London history rolled in.

Recommended for anyone travelling to London.

Selfishly, I wish Sandi had travelled on the no 38, that way I could recall more of my days living in Holborn

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Like a warm hug

A beautifully written and read story that is both like a lovely warm hug but also a gentle nudge to recognise and remember many who are living a different and often less accepting or fortunate life than you.

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A great and varied story of Sandi’s life and London’s history

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sandi is full of interesting facts about London and its occupants, and makes the book even better by interspersing them with snippets of her own equally illustrious history. In addition she has a lovely voice!

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Sandi is wonderful 💞

Low key feminist history book with touching eye-opening anecdotes from Sandi. Loved it 😊 💕

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What a joy

What a an amazing woman. Before this book I had no idea. But I truely loved this book and even feel inspired and proud to think there is woman like this in the world let alone possibly sitting beside you on the bus. Two great ingredients she’s an intellectual who’s just a little bit naughty. I was laughing out loud.

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I miss my chat with Sandy

It was like sitting on the bus with Sandy and having a great chat. Sorry when it finished.

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Heart-Breaking, Hilarious, Beautiful

This was wonderful, one of the best books I’ve listened to. Opened my eyes about things, made me both sad and hopeful, made me laugh. And so wonderful to hear it in Sandi’s voice. (It feels odd to just say “Sandi” but after listening to this it would feel more odd to be too formal.)

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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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Katie J
  • 12-05-2021

Love the way she tells stories

Sandi is an amazing writer and narrator. This does not disappoint. It’s funny and very interesting with of course facts about history with bits and pieces of her. Highly recommended!

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  • Bonnie Kennedy
  • 07-04-2021

Absolutely charming

Sandi is a great storyteller, and has more interesting stories than most. It was an upbeat, interesting, and inspiring.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • R
  • 14-04-2020

Not for me

I have always been a great fan of Sandi and love the kind person she is and the way she tells stories with intelligence a witty. I really enjoyed her book ‘Peas and Queues’ and I was looking forward to this book but ended up not finishing it. At the start she told stories of how women over millennia were over looked, ignored, abused and pretty much written out of history, I found myself nodding in agreement with many well-made points, for let me be clear I agree with all the points made in this book. I’m so glad things are changing albeit at a slow pace, but as the book went on there is hardly a street, painting, church in fact any subject that Sandi can discuss without reference to some bad man or men in general who are at worst despicable and at best compliant in the mistreatment of women. Its just too must and I felt alienated, I couldn’t finish it and I ended up feeling sorry for Sandi that this is the way she sees the world. Not for me.

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  • Neil Studd
  • 10-01-2020

Entertainingly curmudgeonly.

Gives Bill Bryson a run for his money in the "entertaining anecdotes which repeatedly take hard turns into grumbling" stakes. if you're straight, white or male (or, god forbid, all three) then expect to be berated about once every four minutes.

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2020

Not as funny as I hoped.

informative, if not a little bit whiney in places. More a history of London.

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  • Cotochris
  • 30-06-2020

i wanted to like it but depressing tone

I liked the set up of bus ride but felt there was a better way to express on what had to be a fascinating life so far. Overall felt it rather depressing tone repeatedly. Her ppints are important and valid and I am not wanting to downplay the femenist issue but it was constant. interesting but not a cheerful read unfortunately.

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  • Clare
  • 08-01-2020

An Absolute Read

Sandi Toksvig narrates her amazing book. It's Funny, Moving, Touching and Totally inspirational. Her journey on the number 12 bus and in her life has open my eyes to history and to at times the cruelty of others towards Sandi and anyone who is differnt from the expected Norm.
Sandi s passion shines from the page. Her humour as it pops from the page or through her narration will have you hooting with laughter. A book that is definitely a keeper and one I would read again!!!
I would Love to Read/Hear another book from Sandi Toksvig xx

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  • 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.

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  • 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 !

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