Toksvig’s Almanac 2021 by Sandi Toksvig – Book Review

Toksvig’s Almanac 2021 by Sandi Toksvig – Book Review

Toksvigs Almanac by Sandi Toksvig

Toksvig’s Almanac 2021
An Eclectic Meander Through the Historical Year

Author – Sandi Toksvig
Publisher – Trapeze
Pages – 368
Released – 12th November 2020
ISBN-13 – 978-1398701632
Format – ebook, hardcover, audio
Rating – 5 Stars
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‘Toksvig’s Almanac is intended merely as a starting point for your own discoveries. Find a fabulous (or infamous) woman mentioned and, please, go looking for more of her story. The names mentioned are merely temptations. Amuse-bouches for the mind, if you like. How I would have loved to have written out in detail each tale there is to be told, but then this book would have been too heavy to lift.’

Let Sandi Toksvig guide you on an eclectic meander through the calendar, illuminating neglected corners of history to tell tales of the fascinating figures you didn’t learn about at school.

From revolutionary women to serial killers, pirate nuns to pioneering civil rights activists, doctors to dancing girls, artists to astronauts, these pages commemorate women from all around the world who were pushed to the margins of historical record. Amuse your bouche with:

Belle Star, American Bandit Queen
Lady Murasaki, author of the world’s first novel
Madame Ching, the most successful pirate of all time
Maud Wagner, the first female tattoo artist
Begum Samru, Indian dancer and ruler who led an army of mercenaries
Inês de Castro, crowned Queen Consort of Portugal six years after her death
Ida B. Wells, activist, suffragist, journalist and co-founder of the NAACP
Eleanor G. Holm, disqualified from the 1936 Berlin Olympics for drinking too much champagne

These stories are interspersed with helpful tips for the year, such as the month in which one is most likely to be eaten by a wolf, and the best time to sharpen your sickle. Explore a host of annual events worth travelling for, from the Olney Pancake Race in Wiltshire to the Danish Herring Festival, or who would want to miss Serbia’s World Testicle Cooking Championship?

As witty and entertaining as it is instructive, Toksvig’s Almanac is an essential companion to each day of the year.

Review by Stacey

I adore Sandi Toksvig with her quick wit, comedy, and her knowledge so I was looking forward to hearing what she had to say about a year full of women from history that we don’t get to hear about very often, and most you will probably never have heard of.

The book is set into monthly chapters and then date order, with each date featuring a woman who was born or died on that day. Sandi has provided us with enough information about each woman and set the intrigue so that you then look her up and find out more about her life.

Some of the most impressive tales I read included Begum Samru who not only was female but also just 4’8″ tall and yet she led an army of 3000. She even called herself Joanna after Joan of Arc. Sofia Ionescu-Ogrezeanu was one of the world’s first female Neurosurgeons and Maria Teresa De Filippis the first woman to race in Formula One.

As well as the women, Sandi has also written an entry to each month telling you about some of the facts of that month including why it got its name, what it is also known as. She also includes festivals found within the month and a poem.

I started at the beginning of the year reading about a woman a day but as the days went on I found that it wasn’t enough I wanted to keep on reading and so we are now in March and I have finished it, though I will keep on re-reading sections throughout the year and probably beyond too.

The book is amazing. You can hear Sandi’s voice as you read as it has been written just as she speaks. It is entertaining, informative, engaging and I hope that she writes another book just like it, whether with more women or next time men.

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Sandi Toksvig Toksvigs Almanac 2021

Sandi Toksvig went into theatre as a writer and performer after graduating from Cambridge. Well known for her television and radio work as a presenter, writer and actor, she has written more than twenty books for children and adults. She also writes for theatre and television: her film The Man starred Stephen Fry and Zoe Wanamaker and her play Bully Boy starring Anthony Andrews opened the St James Theatre, London in 2012.

She was Chancellor of Portsmouth University from 2012 to 2017. In 2016 Sandi took over as chair on QI, and she has presented The Great British Bake Off. She lives in London and Kent.

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10 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds fun, I’ve never heard of this before!

  2. Maiyah says:

    Great review, I don’t think I’ve ever came across this author before, will have to check it out

  3. This looks absolutely amazing!

  4. vidya says:

    this sounds so very delightful!! enjoyed your review and adding this book to my tbr too …

  5. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Looks like this could be a great reference book to keep on your shelf.

  6. It really is, good I have introduced you to a new book.

  7. Thank you Maiyah, Good you want to check the book out.

  8. Thank you Kate, I can confirm it really is.

  9. Thank you Vidya, Glad you like the sound of it and are adding the book to your TBR list.

  10. Thank you Robin, it really is that kind of book.