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The Chain Of Curiosity by [Toksvig, Sandi]
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Inspires . . . wonderment and gentle chortles (Independent)

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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Sandi Toksvig is someone who is so enjoyable to listen to because there is always that clever mixture of wit and intelligence. Reading her thoughts in this book is very entertaining and informative, and as you do so, you actually hear her voice delivering the words in your mind.
We have booked to see her forthcoming live tour in the knowledge that we will be amused entertained and enlightened. This book does that too.
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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. Sandi Toksvig is a brilliant and observational writer.
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As a comedienne you may not realise how many books Sandi has written, This one is insightful and definitely one for the curious. It leads you all over the place and then back to the start again. pick her up as an author.
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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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Sandi Toksvig strikes me as a rare and precious human being: funny, compassionate, clear-eyed and clear-headed, with a generous heart to go with a acutely intelligent head. Her humanity and warmth come across in this collection of journalism, which made me laugh out loud several times and cry once. Highly recommended.
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Each chapter is a short and light hearted view of a variety of social aspects such as; what is the point of swimming? to a delightfully unfortunate name of a Turkish man. Each brings at the very least, a smile, often loud guffaws of surprise, so beware if reading in public spaces. I love this woman's sense of humour.
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