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Toksvig's Almanac 2021 Reviews

Toksvig's Almanac 2021 by Sandi Toksvig

Toksvig's Almanac 2021: An Eclectic Meander Through the Historical Year by Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig

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1 review

Imprint: Orion
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 12 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781398701632

A fascinating historical miscellany for every day of the calendar year

2 stars out of 5
Laura Freeman
20 Nov 2020

"I don’t doubt Toksvig’s sincerity or enthusiasm, but I do doubt her stamina and diligence"

Toksvig’s hope is that readers will follow a thousand silken threads and discover these women for themselves. About Fannie Lou Hamer, an American civil and women’s rights activist, Toksvig writes: “Please read her story. She is a legend.” About Kate Leigh, an Australian underworld hustler: “Check out her twenty-year feud with Tilly Devine, a Sydney madam.” About the French artist Rosa Bonheur: “Most noted for her lifelike depiction of animals. Check out The Horse Fair from 1853.” Some lives are insultingly brief. The Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi gets the briefest four-line filmography. No anecdotes, no quips, no quotes, no fun facts to know and tell. John Aubrey this ain’t. I don’t doubt Toksvig’s sincerity or enthusiasm, but I do doubt her stamina and diligence.

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