Throwback Thursday Review: Peas & Queues

Peas & Queues: The Minefield of Modern Manners audiobook cover. The title appears in white text on a teal background with a pea pod in the centre, and the author's name beneath. A stray pea forms the dot above the i in 'Sandi' Peas & Queues: The Minefield of Modern Manners by Sandi Toksvig.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Duration: 7 hrs 25 mins.

Although not particularly enlightening, Peas and Queues was sweet and entertaining. Ostensibly a book about contemporary etiquette, it is really a charming guide to moving politely through the modern world and Toksvig dispenses her words of wisdom in the form of advice to her young Goddaughter, 8-year-old Mary, to whom the book is both dedicated and directly addressed throughout. Whilst it is pointed out that the book is for adults - or Mary when she grows up a little - I felt that teens would benefit from it the most.

I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Sandi Toksvig herself, who I adore from previous projects such as QI andThe News Quiz, and think that the book was thoroughly improved upon by her performance. I doubt that I would have finished the print book (even if that had been a feasible option for me), as the content was a little on the dull side of dry and required the author's enthusiasm and the humour in her voice to really help it along in an entertaining fashion.

I enjoyed the personal dedication that followed throughout the book as it prevented it from feeling too formal or instructional, and instead felt like the sharing of wisdom across generations. As I listened to it at bedtime, the conversational tone made it feel like Sandi Toksvig was reading me a bedtime story.

I'd recommend this audiobook to people who will listen to it with the teenagers in their lives, or will use it as a platform from which to have conversations about modern manners.


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