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Between the Stops

Between the Stops

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2000s: A funny and moving trip through memories, musings and the many delights on the Number 12 route

  • ISBN: 978-0349006376
  • Genre: Autobiography/memoirs

What you need to know before your trail

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.

Travel Guide

Discover London and the number 12 bus route BookTrail style with Sandy Toksvig

This is perhaps one of the most interesting stories set on a bus ever. Sandi takes the route, the streets off it and what she remembers from living in London as a jobbing comedian/presenter as she looks out of the window as the bus makes it way from Dulwich through Camberwell and across Westminster bridge into the bustling Oxford Street.

The stories along the way are a mixture of Sandi’s familiar and so so funny humour and way of seeing life, her experience of inequality as a gay woman, family struggles, fresh starts and theatrical asides.

Wait until you read the story about the man on the tube who wants to show her something! Or when she offers to open someone’s sandwich for them as they’re having trouble opening the pack!

Some very sad moments too such as the abuse she got after the father of her children’s identity came out, people not accepting their marriage and the fight for working at the BBC.

You can hear Sandi narrate this as you read. What a wonderful bus companion to have” History, humour and Toksvig magic all for the price of a book (and  a bus ticket – you HAVE to take this bus journey before, during and after reading this!)

Booktrailer Review

Hands down, the funnist, most imaginative and insightful biography I’ve ever read. Toksvig tidbits and tales set on a bus!

TheBookTrail’s full bookreview of Between the Stops, Sandi Toksvig

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Between the Stops

Destination : London  Author/Guide: Sandi Toksvig  Departure Time: 2000s

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