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on 30 November 2002
I have just devoured Sandi Toksvig's latest comic literary creation "The Travels of Lady "Bulldog" Burton' in collaboration with the illustrator Sandy Nightingale, and fully intend to read it all over again.
I am always greatly amused and impressed by Sandi's wit, there's something so charming and comforting about her sense of humour, and the combination of her writing and Sandy's (the other Sandy) illustrations is an absolute delight.
An hilarious travel diary and introduction to Lady "Bulldog" Burton or "Bully" and her travelling companion and maid "Jinks" in their adventures across Europe in the 1880s.
The authenticity of Lady Burton's voice quells any ring of skepticism that I brought while reading these journals and I find that in any case, whether she really existed or is purely summoned by Sandi's (the first one) fertile imagination does not matter.
I want to believe in this travelling patriot'ette and the historic anecdotes of the people and places of her European tour.
Quite simply brilliantly written and illustrated with such a supportive charm, I pray that there will be further memoirs of the 'Bulldog' and her ancient perspective and observations.
This book will tickle any 'Sandi-fan', and I would love to see (hear) it on Radio 4, narrated by Sandi in her own voice as well as what I can imagine her rendition of Bully's likely tones might be.
Superb, get hold of a copy and hold on to it, and if you can bear to give it away, it would make a great present.