Books

The End of the Sky

Sandi Toksvig

11-year-old Slim Hannigan and her family left their home in Ireland to travel to America - in search of a better life. It has been so long and such a journey that Slim Hannigan and the rest of her family can't even imagine what home looks like anymore. And there are many, many miles across America for them to travel before they reach their destination.

Between them and the home of their uncle lie thousands of miles of dangerous land, wild animals and strangers who do not wish them well. Slim has to draw on bravery like she's never known to keep her family together and to keep them moving forward.

The News Quiz: Best of 2015

BBC Radio (and others)

Four sparkling episodes from the 2015 series of the ever-popular topical comedy show – including Sandi Toksvig's last ever show. Since 1977, The News Quiz has been the go-to radio programme for headlines, punchlines and superb satire on current events. In these four episodes, long-standing panellists including Jeremy Hardy and Susan Calman, plus guest players including Samira Ahmed, Fred MacAulay, Lucy Porter and Andy Hamilton, delve into news topics as varied as the threat of a 'Grexit', the re-internment of Richard III, MPs' salaries and the dangers of skinny jeans. In addition, newsreaders Neil Sleat and Corrie Corfield read a selection of humorous press cuttings sent in by listeners. Featuring Sandi Toksvig's final appearance as host, as well as a tribute to Charles Kennedy, these four shows from Series 86 and 87 represent the very finest and funniest comedy from the sharpest and wittiest panellists. Duration: 2 hours approx.

A Slice of the Moon

Sandi Toksvig

Because of the potato me and my family left our home and travelled 6,000 miles to find a new life . . .

Slim Hannigan and her family are poor but happy. Theirs is a life filled with love and laughter - and a pet pig called Hamlet.

But things change overnight, and suddenly they find themselves facing hunger and danger like they have never known . . . So they leave their village in Ireland to journey to America where, they hope, family and fortune await them.

Slim soon finds herself living a life that feels just like one of those far-fetched stories her Da has always told. Can one brave girl keep her family together no matter what is thrown at them . . . ?

News Quiz: Soundbites

Jeremy Hardy (and others)

Sandi Toksvig chairs four sparkling episodes of the ever-popular topical comedy show The News Quiz, ‘the finest topical comedy panel game known to radio’, which has been providing headlines and punchlines since it first aired in 1977.

In these four episodes, long-standing panellists including Jeremy Hardy, Fred MacAulay, Mark Steel and David Mitchell take a wry look at the news in all its larger-than-life glory.

With guest players including Bob Mills, Sarah Pascoe, Samira Ahmed, Justin Moorhouse, Elis James and Lucy Porter, they tackle issues as diverse as Scottish Independence, commuter train standards, Russian activities in Crimea, dietary health scares, passport delays and black cab strikes. Also included is a special Sport Relief interlude in which the players answer questions whilst clocking up miles on an exercise bike - with a special guest appearance by Duncan Goodhew!

Sandi Toksvig chairs proceedings, while Neil Sleat, Kathy Clugston and Diana Speed read a selection of humorous cuttings.

The Troublesome Tooth Fairy

Sandi Toksvig (and others)

She was a hopeless tooth fairy. A troublesome trainee tooth fairy . . .

When Jessica loses her first tooth, Granny tells her to watch out for a trainee tooth fairy. That shimmering little creature might look the part in her purple and silver outfit but she's not too sure of her job. As Granny knows, the trainee tooth fairy has been known to whisk away more than just the lost tooth . . .

Colour First Readers are perfect for new readers and include notes be reading specialist Prue Goodwin, honorary fellow of the University of Reading.

Super-Saver Mouse

Sandi Toksvig

"We've got to stop the first train!"

Boris is a "tube" mouse, living in the London Underground. His best friend is Heavy Duty, the station cleaner.

One morning Boris discovers that Heavy Duty has had an accident. Bories has to think fast. He has seen trains come and go all his life but never before has he had to STOP one!

Colour First Readers are perfect for new readers and include notes be reading specialist Prue Goodwin, honorary fellow of the University of Reading.

Super-Saver Mouse To The Rescue

Sandi Toksvig

Boris is a mouse who lives on the London Underground. He shares his station with wise grandfather Garibaldi, his swaggering cousin Kicker and his best friend, Heavy Duty, the station cleaner. Kicker and Boris love football and when they see a brand-new football rolling down the station platform towards them, they can't resist the temptation to start a game. Their footballing exploits end up taking them all over London on their biggest adventure yet.

Unusual Day

Sandi Toksvig

When Jessica brings her granny into school for 'Unusual Day' Miss Johnson thinks she's got muddled up with 'Family Day'. Her granny may be wearing a tracksuit and trainers, but she still looks like a fairly ordinary granny. However, when 'Unusual Day' is disrupted by a fire next door, everybody discovers just how unusual Jessica's granny is...

Girls Are Best

Sandi Toksvig

For as long as history has been recorded, girls haven't had much of a look in amongst all the great menwe remember. But that doesn't mean they weren't there. And it doesn't mean that they didn't achieve great things, come up with wonderful inventions or win battles!

In this book, Sandi Toksvig shows that His-tory is actually Her-story. Though they're often ignored or overlooked, they have changed the world. There's no question about it . . . Girls are best!

"A book that will make girls realize that anything is possible" Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading

Sandi Toksvig's Guide to France

Sandi Toksvig

How much cheese does the average French person eat each year? What do you do if someone gives you la bise? How many elephants are the same weight as the Eiffel Tower? What year did France last win the football World Cup?

If you don't know the answers to these questions, then this is the book for you! Sandi Toksvig, seasoned traveller and presenter of Radio Four's popular Excess Baggage programme, is the perfect tour guide in this French travel companion with a difference! Packed full of fun, jokes and tons of information as well as games, stickers and space for you to write your own travel journal, it will keep any young globetrotter occupied for hours.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Humph In Wonderland

BBC (and others)

Humph in Wonderland stars chairman Humphrey Lyttelton in the title role, with Tony Hawks as the Narrator, Sandi Toksvig as the Queen of Hearts, Tim Brooke-Taylor as the Duchess, Graeme Garden as the Cook and Barry Cryer as Humpty Dumpty. Andy Hamilton also features as the Caterpillar, with Rob Brydon as the Mad Hatter, Jeremy Hardy as the March Hare, Jack Dee as the Cheshire Cat and Colin Sell as the White Rabbit. Among the fun and games are: 'Mornington Crescent', 'Swanee Kazoo', 'Cheddar Gorge', new definitions for the 'Uxbridge English Dictionary', as well as 'Recipes for Nigella Lawson’s Saucy Mouthfuls' (she makes a great sticky tart). Including 20 minutes of bonus material not heard on transmission, this thoroughly daft take on Lewis Carroll is also a fitting tribute to the late, and much-missed, Humphrey Lyttelton.

1 CD. 1 hr 10 mins.

The Littlest Viking

Sandi Toksvig

When Amber, the littlest Viking, set out from Scandinavia to seek her fortune she must have got lost on her way! Now she's in Pegwell Bay with no one but her pet squirrel for company. When Katie, Gary and Joshua find her stranded on the beach, they decide to look after her. Now there's a Viking living in their garden!

Having a Viking in the family isn't always easy. But when the garden is threatened by a nasty neighbour, Amber has some unusual - and hilarious - solutions to their problems . . .

Hitler's Canary

Sandi Toksvig

It's April 1940 and German troops are pouring onto the streets of Denmark. 12-year-old Bamse is ordered by his father to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But Bamse and his daring friend Anton can't resist playing the occasional practical joke on the invading soldiers. When it becomes clear that the trouble isn't just going to pass them by, the people of Denmark decide to take action and Bamse and his eccentric family are about to take part in one of history's most dramatic rescues - smuggling Denmark's Jewish population, across the water to Sweden, and safety.

Many of the characters are based on Sandi's own family, including her father, Bamse, and the book was inspired by the stories her told to her.

More Nation's Favourite Poems

Sandi Toksvig

From the pleasure of escaping our daily lives and finding laughter, to musing on what makes the world go round and finding solace, poets of all ages have helped us find a way there. In 1996 BBC Bookworm held a poll to find 100 of the nation's best-loved poems. They were published in the Nation's Favourite Poems and featured classics, including Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott' and Wordsworth's 'The Daffodils', alongside popular contemporary poems, such as Jenny Joseph's 'Warning' and W.H Auden's 'Stop All the Clocks'. This collection continues to delight and move us with its eclectic mix of favourite poems. Yet, while it contains so many of our best-loved poems, there are a wealth of outstanding poems across the ages that we were unable to include in the collection. To celebrate the richness of poetry in our lives, BBC Books is holding another poll to find more of the nation's favourite poems. Perhaps the anthology will include Byron's poignant, 'So we'll go no more a roving', other outstanding pieces by Auden, Lawrence, Wordsworth and Shakespeare or Edwin Muir's 'The Confirmation'. The anthology will be published this autumn. In June the nation will be able to have its say.

Biography

Following a first-class degree from Cambridge, Sandi Toksvig went into the theatre, where she both wrote and performed before becoming one of the founder members of the Comedy Store Players. She is well known for her television and radio work, as a presenter, writer and actor. She has written many books for children.