By turns a biography, a travel journal and a portrait of American women today, GLADYS REUNITED is also a testimony to the value of friendship.
In the Autumn of 1971, having been thrown out of a rather fancy private school, Sandi Toksvig was sent to the only remaining option - Mamaroneck High School, New York. She was thirteen years old and that year changed her life. Sandi auditioned and was chosen for the lead role in a production of The Skin of our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. Three girls were cast in the part of Gladys Antrobus, playing her at different ages of her life, and Sandi was the youngest. The three actresses soon became known as the Gladys' and this was the beginning of a friendship with a group of females that still influences her to this day. Soon all the girls in the cast and crew were becoming members of The Gladys Society. In the end there were twelve of them.
GLADYS REUNITED records Sandi's recent travels in America catching up with her eleven fellows. It is a biography, a travel journal and a portrait of American women today. It's about friendship but also about Sandi herself, as she explores the origins of her career as a performer and her sense of national identity - where exactly does she fit
Should not be read while eating, or in public, for fear of becoming helpless with laughter and having concerned passers-by call the men in white coats to cart you away - BOOKS MAGAZINE
Touching and funny account of our favourite Great Dane going back to the America of her childhood and searching for its survivors - THE WEEK
Toksvig slices through absurdity with incisive wit. Her acid comments and quotes on "Dubya" alone are worth the read... Toksvig has learnt to strike pure and true. And if she can be entertaining along the way, so much the better. - IRISH TIMES
Sandi Toksvig went into theatre as a writer and performer after graduating from Cambridge. Well known for her television and radio work as a presenter, writer and actor, she has written more than twenty books for children and adults. She also writes for theatre and television: her film The Man starred Stephen Fry and Zoe Wanamaker and her play Bully Boy starring Anthony Andrews opened the St James Theatre, London in 2012. She was Chancellor of Portsmouth University from 2012 to 2017. In 2016 Sandi took over as chair on QI, and in 2017 she started presenting The Great British Bake Off. She lives in London and Kent.