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Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus | 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 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'.
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Just finished this with a lovely cuppa. What a truly lovely book. It was funny, sweet, emotive, educational and like a lovely long chat with Sandi. It was a collection of facts about London and stories about her life - so interesting to read about what she has done, and there are some really funny bits. I loved it and she said she would‘ve written more, which I would happily have read! Maybe volume two...?

squirrelbrain I read this recently too and loved it as much as you did! Totally agree about volume 2.... 1mo
Laru79 @squirrelbrain I think it was the right book at the right time for me! 1mo
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Sandi and cheese toasties- what a lovely Sunday!

squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 2mo
Laru79 Great @squirrelbrain I‘m really enjoying it so far!! 2mo
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I loved this autobiography! Sandi takes a journey from home to work on the no 12 bus and the sights she sees both on and off the bus bring back memories of her life.

It‘s funny, heartwarming and witty - highly recommended.

#wil I l gained a lovely new word - ‘absquatulate‘ , which means to leave somewhere in a hurry

Caroline2 Ahhh, I love Sandi! 😍 3mo
squirrelbrain I think you‘d love this one @Caroline2 - it was definitely favoured reading over The Romanovs anyway! Actually, I‘m not getting on too bad with that one, how are you doing with it? 3mo
Clwojick This sounds like it would be enjoyable in audiobook format 3mo
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squirrelbrain Yes, I think it would @Clwojick, particularly if Sandi reads it herself... (edited) 3mo
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CarolynM I need this! 3mo
squirrelbrain @CarolynM - it was on NetGalley a week or so ago, not sure if it still is.... 3mo
CarolynM Thanks for that, I'll have a look🙂 3mo
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