Peas and Queues

  • by Sandi Toksvig
  • Narrated by Sandi Toksvig
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How do you get rid of unwanted guests? What do you do if there's a racket in the quiet carriage? How should you eat peas, and behave in queues?
How to behave, like how to punctuate, is an aspect of life that many are no longer taught. Thankfully, Sandi Toksvig has come to the rescue with her entertaining guide to modern manners, with characteristic wit and perceptiveness.

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What the Critics Say

"This little book will change your life - and that of your loved (and unloved) ones. For the better. And make you laugh." (John Humphrys)

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Customer Reviews

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If you love lists you'll love this

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If I could change about this book, it would be to present the lists in a less list like way. Don't quite know how this could be achieved but the wonderful Ms Toksvig reading lists complete with numbers is a tad irritating.

The book is basically Sandi's advice on etiquette and behaviour. It has value and where she adds more anecdotes or explanations on her thoughts the book is quite amusing and more interesting. I just had trouble with the lists!


If you’ve listened to books by Sandi Toksvig before, how does this one compare?

I've listened to a Sandi Toksvig novel and loved it. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another one but will avoid any that are similar to this.


Any additional comments?

I don't think that the book converted well to being read out loud. Maybe reading it you would ignore the numbers and therefore it would be less repetitive.

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- PPod

Manners for Mary

What did you like most about Peas and Queues?

I never thought that a book about etiquette could ever be a good read or listen but i was prepared to risk any book written by the wonderful Sandi Toksvig and I was not disappointed. This is no stuffy tome about which knives and forks to use when attending a banquet at Buckingham Palace, it's a guide to simple good manners which make for easy living everywhere.


What did you like best about this story?

Ms Toksvig starts with simple ground rules for living at home then extends those simple rules and principles for helping "Mary" (a youngster of her acquaintance) to move around the world with ease and confidence. Mary is given help in all social situations from sharing a student flat to formal dining.


Which character – as performed by Sandi Toksvig – was your favourite?

This isn't a "story" as such but I found myself envying Mary the recipient of such practical advice given with Sandi Toksvig's usual self deprecating humour.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I enjoyed dipping in and out of the book and listened to it over several evenings


Any additional comments?

Just listen to it! Who ever thought that good manners could be good fun!

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- Yardswoman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks