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Toksvig's Almanac 2021

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  44 reviews
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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
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published November 12th 2020 by Orion Publishing Co.
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Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Split into monthly chapters, Toksvig’s Almanac presents fascinating anecdotes about interesting happenings throughout history during each month of the year. It focuses primarily on extraordinary women who did extraordinary things but that history has all but forgotten. I hadn't heard of most of the people featured, which is exactly the point of the book, and Sandi’s warm, witty humour shines through on every page. Informative, intriguing and eminently readable, this is wholly entertaining and co ...more
Melanie Lewis
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-books
My biggest complaint is that at 9 hours and 41 minutes this book isn't nearly long enough. Sandi Toksvig is a writing genius. If she'd taught me history at school, I'm sure I would have gone on to do something marvellous historically and then she'd have been able to include me in one of her future almanacs. Since falling hopelessly in love with Ms Toksvig after listening to her book, Between the Stops, (, which could well be the best audio book ever writt ...more
Rebecca | Velvet Opus
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sandi Toksvig's passion for history is inspring. I'm not a history buff but the history of women, and women's rights, is important to me. And this Almanac was an insightful look into women who have been sadly forgotten but who achieved incredible things. Toksvig as a narrator is outstanding, she intersperses humour with facts, so the audiobook was an absolute joy to listen to. I particularly enjoyed the poem of the month and highlighting why these incredible women were erased from history and ho ...more
Dsy Mkn
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Written and narrated by the wonderful Sandi Toksvig, this book takes a unique approach to educating/informing the reader about some of the brave and often forgotten womxn that made major contributions to society. The book highlights a day-by-day format that allows for bite-sized reading. As for the narration, Toksvig's usual level of enthusiasm and wit remains present right through to 31st of December which makes for easy listening. Throughout the book, Toksvig encourages further research into t ...more
Maria Spillane
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2021
This Almanac is a delight. It contains snippits of some of the most courageous and interesting women that for the most part, have been forgotten, or have not recieved recognition for their work or achievements throughout history. I can only imagine the amount of research that must have gone into this compilation, and Sandi encourages us to look up more about these unknown women (which I definitely did). Sandi's witty commentary is interspersed through the stories, also giving backgrounds to the ...more
An almanac with a slight difference as it focuses on oft-forgotten women from history. This was a great book to start the year off with written in an accessible and witty style. I learned a lot of new things and found there were some women I'd like to learn more about. ...more
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, 2020
This book should be required reading for any girl with a reasonable reading ability. Failing that listen to it in Audiobook format with a notebook in hand. I tried to eke it out in bite size segments like an almanac should be read, but once begun it is hard to put down!

It would take several years to do the research that some of these brilliant women deserve to truly learn their stories. Sandi provides the most alluring titbits to trigger a deeper desire for more!

Sandi has long since been a favo
Karen Kennan
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this audio book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

An almanac featuring significant dates from women throughout history. Some I had heard of but most I hadn’t. I’ll need honest, I didn’t know what an almanac was in the first place, so that was the first thing I learned. Toksvig writes of history being ‘the recollections of old men who weren’t there in the first place’ and I agree that that sums so much of what we know up. The lives and experiences of over ha
Amy Turner
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Arc kindly received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book that takes us through the year by looking at critical dates in (almost exclusively) women’s history. It celebrates powerful women, many of whom I was unaware of.

However ...

I feel like this just didn’t work as an audiobook. The book itself was fantastic and fascinating. But my enjoyment was reduced by several factors:

*We get a very small glimpse into each woman, which is perfect, as it means so many could be inc
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic audio book. I learnt so much from listening to this!
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know SandiToksvig is Danish, but for me , she is still a national treasure. I consider her to be the female Stephen Fry.

I was very keen to get my hands on this audio book, as it is narrated by the great lady herself, and I was not disappointed. I loved it.

If you told me I would have enjoyed listening to the stories of women who have been airbrushed out of history, I would have rolled my eyes, its sounds dull!

This book is anything but. I want to thank Sandi for educating me about these omissi
Teri B
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved going with the author who is also the narrator of the audiobook through the year, month by month and day by day and discover so many interesting women and historical facts relating to women, but also being brought back into the here and now of the 21st century and see how much still needs to be addressed and changed before anything like equality between the sexes can be claimed.

As the author points out in the introductory notes all she can do in this almanac is to point out wo
Iffet Burton
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
#Herstory is not reflected in history and Sandy, in her frank and amusing style makes it clear she's trying to find out who the key women in history were and rewrite history. If I was a teacher this would be an excellent way to help learners understand how the world has changed and that it is slow. but women are being included more and more in all walks of life across the globe.
Sandy's delightful, irreverent, and humorous style comes through in her writing and her delivery. I'm not sure anyone e
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toksvig’s Almanac is a hugely entertaining journey through the year linking each date with women who should be familiar names but, in most cases, aren’t. As the author herself says, this book was always going to be incomplete as there are so many women whose stories remain untold. History generally remembers those who write it and that is usually men. Nevertheless, the book is bursting with fascinating stories of women from all over the world, from all walks of life and from many different perio ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgallery, audio
I’ve never heard or read an almanac before, in Sandi Toksvig’s she wonders through each month individually detailing events in that month from births, deaths and live events. The vast majority of the women in the book I am ashamed to say I have never heard of, but in addition to this there are facts about the months and

The book is a literal treasure trove of all the things I feel I missed learning about! In school you learn about Queen Victoria that’s about it…I could name many men from my scho
Ann Dewar
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book, an absolute treasure trove of information for anyone interested in ... well, anything really.

Broken down into months, you are treated to a miscellany of information about the month itself before Toksvig delves into a brief biography of women throughout the world who were born or died in this month and the reason why they are noteworthy. Whilst many will be familiar with the likes of Ada Lovelace or Heddy Lamar, most of the names will be totally unfamiliar, which is the
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw Toksvig talking about her book on the TV show Sunday Brunch and it sounded fascinating and in listening to the audiobook I was not disappointed. The biggest criticism is of the book’s title; “Toksvig's Almanac” doesn’t give the book credit of the importance of the material held within. The book is written in a day by day form covering a year and each day ties into a specific un-sung history of hundreds of women. There are so many facts about people and their accomplishments (and misdeeds f ...more
Lisa Knowles
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is everything I thought it would be and more! I listened to the audiobook as I was lucky enough to receive a free copy through NetGalley. It has kept me company on car journeys and as I've pottered around the house.
I wasn't sure how what is essentially a book of facts would translate to audio format, but as it was read by Sandi herself in her usual relaxed way, it all came across as really interesting and not boring at all.
It is chock a block with facts and information, and I kept pausing t
Caroline Price
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Sandi Toksvig, I love her wit, her intelligence, her views and this book was on my wishlist as soon as I heard about it. Then, joy of joys, it appeared in audiobook format, read by the author, I requested to review it and my request was granted!!! So happy!

I was not disappointed with this book in any way, it's a paeon of praise to women throughout the years. Some you will know immediately, others are not well known but should have been remembered. I listened to the whole book in one day,
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, audiobooks
I'm struggling to write this so might not go onto The Pewter Wolf Reads... as part of NetGalley November 2020. (I left it too long before I started writing this and I don't make notes!)

***Audiobook given by UK publisher, Trapeze, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review/reaction***

I like this meander throughout history, each day dedicated to looking (briefly) at a woman throughout history, all of whom did extraordinary things but most/all of whom have been mostly forgotten (guess which gen
I think this will be a brilliant book in another format as the audio didn't work for me at all. I'd prefer to read a bit of this each day and I'm not sure how easy it would be to do that with the audio. It's a shame as I enjoyed what I did hear, but my mind ended up wondering and I wasn't listening any more. The introduction was very funny though and Sandi Toksvig's narration is faultless. Maybe I'm just not the right person for this format.
Thanks to NetGalley and Trapeze for my digital copy via
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Netgalley and Sandi Toksvig for this wonderful audiobook. I adore Sandi Toksvig and have read all her previous books; she is simply hilarious, as well as being incredibly insightful and has a razor sharp wit. The fact that she narrates all her books is a brilliant bonus because she really brings them to life and is just so entertaining. This book is very informative about women who have achieved a great deal but most are simply unknown to most people. Really fantastic and highly r ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Wow what a great surprise this audiobook was. I was unsure whether this would be my cup of tea or not but I was pleasantly surprised. Sandi is the perfect narrator for her book as well as it just adds to the enjoyment. This book is not only a fascinating insight into amazing women largely forgotten by history but also really funny to listen to and delivered with Sandi’s warm whit and charm. It is full of poems, anecdotes and facts about women who have defeated all the odds to do amazing things o ...more
Ken Reid
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sharp wit is somehow the main tone for a tome filled with such sad tales. An important text because it tells stories that are rarely spoken: Toksvig is a conduit for repressed women throughout the ages who deserved better and for whom death was likely a relief. But - this book doesn't need a white man to endorse it, it speaks for itself, as well as all those passed. Three cheers for Toksvig, may this be another step towards betterment. ...more
Karen Rubins-Lawrie
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can I give it 6 stars? Wow, what a book. I listened to this on Audible, Sandi did a fantastic job of the narration. I've asked my partner for an actual copy of the book for Christmas, I want to learn everything about the staggering and forgotten history of women. Best non fiction book I've read in a long time. ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced audio copy in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book, and I would definitely recommend others to read (or listen to the audiobook)!

Sandi’s narration of this was great - I always prefer when an author reads the audiobook, and I think Sandi did a great job!

I learnt a lot in this book, and it was an easy listen.
Tiffani Bartlett
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a Christmas present and my intention was to read each day as the year progressed. But I just couldn’t help myself. What a beautifully written collection of anecdotes about women (many of whom lost in history) to encourage us to be bold and brave. Toksvig uses wit and humour to tell us about many extraordinary women who we did not learn about in school.
What a fabulous book, so much information its hard to take it all in at the time. Based around famous and infamous women throughout time and many little known facts, although I did know about the Olney pancake race! Some fascinating myths and legends as well, very entertaining.
I listened to audio version and made a few notes along the way to go back to, but now can't find them, so will have to read again and place markers in the book. Each chapter is a month so the sort of book you can leave on
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was like a warm hug every night going to sleep when I listened for an hour. Sandi has such a wonderful voice but also I learnt so much - wow.

What I could think of is that I would love this to be an alexa skill so I could do my flash briefing everyday and relearn another nugget.

This is such a good listen it is a must listen. I have never listened or read to an almanac before.

I was given an advance copy by netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest and fair review which I have
Susana Pierce
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A product (spin-off) of her quarantine web series “Vox Tox”, Sandi Toksvig’s Almanac is excellent. She features an extraordinary woman for each day of the year (with few exceptions) and a wealth of additional material.
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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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