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The Chain Of Curiosity [Kindle Edition]

Sandi Toksvig
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Inspires . . . wonderment and gentle chortles (Independent)

Book Description

Razor-sharp, witty social observations from Sandi Toksvig, selected from her brilliant Sunday Telegraph columns.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847443451
  • Publisher: Sphere (24 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABLJ70W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy fun, full of fascinating facts 5 Mar. 2011
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
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This is a collection of Toksvig's columns from the Sunday Telegraph, running from 19 June 2005 to 5 April 2009, each about a thousand words long. They are light fare, cheery-yet-grumbly ramblings, laced with benign humour:

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It won't surprise you to learn that as a Dane I have had a long association with [Lego]. (Indeed, if you have the average British person's knowledge of Denmark, you might be equally unmoved to learn that I was brought up by herrings and once met Hamlet's father.)
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The pieces are composed of personal anecdotes and historical trivia. Sandi presumably trawls the internet for this stuff, but she succeeds in pulling up endless interesting factoids. Idi Amin kept films of "Tom & Jerry". Longfellow was the first American with indoor plumbing. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a coded Catholic catechism. Here's a story about a little girl visiting the studio of sculptor Gutzon Borglum as he chisels at a block of stone:

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Lincoln's face was becoming recognisable and the child stared at the piece in amazement. "Is that Abraham Lincoln?" she asked. "Yes," Borglum replied. The girl shook her head and breathlessly asked: "How did you know he was inside there?"
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The book is crammed with little smiles like that, and though they may all lie within the public domain, it is very pleasant to have them served up in snack-size nuggets like this. Attempts to retain all these oddities in your head are doomed to fail, as the book overflows with them. I give it 3 stars, since it's finally insubstantial; but it hovers towards 4 stars as a fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read. 3 Mar. 2010
Format:Paperback
I was given this book as a Christmas gift, and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sandi is witty and well informed and every page of this book made me laugh.
I would definitely recommend this to take on a trip as it's very easy to dip in and out of. Buy it NOW!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 17 Feb. 2010
By Mags057
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I am a fan of Sandi Toksvig and have enjoyed previous books by her. This collection of writings did not disappoint even though some of them were a few years' old. Easy reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fab Read 2 Mar. 2010
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I love Sandi Toksvig's books and this is another which is just sheer genius. It is interesting and entertaining as she weaves through facts and adds her own humourous stories and anecdotes which link to each section. Anyone who reads this will not be disappointed in what they find when they peer inside the wonderful covers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing - very Sandi! 9 Sept. 2013
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As expected from Sandi Toksvig, this book is full of well written anecdotes and observations. Because it's a compilation of her Sunday paper articles, it's a good book to lift and drop when you only have five minutes, or maybe to take on the plane with you (but you might have to explain your giggles and sniggers if you are sitting beside a stranger!) Personally, I'm putting mine on the bedside table in the guest bedroom - once I have read it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2 Jun. 2014
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If wit, charm, intelligence and obscure information "floats your boat" then this is the book for you... enormous fun and I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied. 4 May 2014
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Book arrived in good time and was as expected. I liked it but it was bought as a birthday present and I have not had any feedback from the recipient.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great articles with considerable observational wit 17 April 2014
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I really enjoy Toksvig's style; she has a mastery of language and amusingly reminds us what can be so funny about life and other people. Very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading
Very entertaining, amusing and informative. It is written in such a way that the author seems to be speaking to you, which adds to the enjoyment. Can highly recommend this.
Published 2 days ago by A Frequent Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars For Sandi fans
I bought this as a present from a wish list so it must be wanted!
Published 17 days ago by M. Cox
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book - bought a Used copy for myself and ...
What a great book - bought a Used copy for myself and chuckled my way through it then bought a New one for a sister's birthday - she has said the same. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pam, Charmouth
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read. very funny and intelligent.
excellent book. good value
Published 4 months ago by BOOKWORM
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny and clever book
Book in great condition, and the contents had me laughing out loud, it was so good, sandi is a great writer.
Published 11 months ago by Valerie T Stackhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Keenly observed commentary
Witty, entertaining and amusing. These essays cover a wide range of topics yet never fail to touch the funny bone at the same time as they make telling observations about people... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bibliophile
4.0 out of 5 stars Curiosities from a curious woman
I found the stories very entertaining. It's the right thing to buy if you are willing to follow Sandi Toksvigs associations from sports to the royals ending up in views on modern... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eva
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I bought it as a present because sandi is so funny and witty, so I'm hoping the book is as her radio show
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