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Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus

Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus

This long-awaited memoir from one of Britain's best-loved celebrities - a writer, broadcaster, activist, comic on stage, screen and radio for nearly forty 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'.

Titulo:Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus
Idioma de edición:English
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Danish/British writer, presenter, comedian, actress and producer on British radio and television. She currently presents The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 and 1001 Things You Should Know on Channel 4. In October 2012 she succeeded Sheila Hancock as Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth.


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  • Paromjit

    Sandi Toksvig's memoir is not a straightforward affair, she intersperses her personal history around the framework of her many journeys, on the top deck of the number 12 bus, where she provides her kn...

  • Caroline

    I owe Sandi Toksvig. On some of my worst days during this pandemic, I have flopped down on the sofa feeling truly grotty - then flicking through the TV options I have chanced upon the wonderfully quir...

  • Ceecee

    Sandi- a national treasure? Well, I think so! As a fellow wearer of a watch on the ‘wrong’ hand, I salute you! Sandi Toksvig is an actress, writer, a radio and television presenter of programmes s...

  • Fiona

    Sandi Toksvig has probably earned the right to be classed as a national treasure. For those who only know her through Bake Off, she is not just a TV presenter. She is also a writer, an actor, a comedi...

  • Lou

    I am incredibly selective about the memoirs I decide to read as many are not of interest to me, but Toksvig is a woman I have long admired for her unapologetic way she lives her life. This is a series...

  • Louise Wilson

    This is a series of information that Sandi finds on her travels on the number twelve bus route that she takes when she's working at the BBC. It's full of wit and knowledge. She tells of her observatio...

  • SueLucie

    Much as Sandi Toksvig says of herself here, I am not very familiar with popular culture, celebrities and TV shows so I was surprised to find she has done quite so much work on TV and radio, practicall...

  • John

    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. Afterw...

  • Kirsty ??

    I loved this charming wander through the streets of London full of history, feminism and Sandi's life and career. I always thought because of her Danish heritage that she hadn't spent as much time in ...

  • Eleanor Wheeler

    A disjointed look into the life and mind of a modern-day icon.Sandi does start this “memoir” off by stating it’s not going to be your run of the mill standard life story and that was undoubtedly...

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