AE: Let’s talk about your new book?
ST: We don’t have to. I’m going to talk about this book on stage [hands Great LezBritain a copy of the Janet and John books — for non British readers and also British readers younger than 30, Janet and John books were how British kids were taught to read at primary/ elementary school].
AE: Flashbacks. Are you going to talk about the gender stereotyping of Janet and John?
ST: Yes, they are terrible books. Very light on plot.
AE: Have you seen the furor over Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s kid in the US?
ST: No? [Great Lezbritain explains] That’s ridiculous. That sounds like how any child would like to dress. You know, I don’t think I would even recognize Angelina Jolie if I saw her?
AE: You are not as gay as we thought in that case. Most lesbians would recognise Angelina anywhere
ST: I am really bad at recognizing people. I once sat next to Geri Halliwell at a dinner and it was fine until I said after 40 minutes, “And what do you do for a living? My partner was kicking me under the table.
AE: Didn’t she regale you with wonderful theory on Girl Power?
ST: No. We didn’t have a lot in common, let’s put it that way.
AE: Very last question: Sandi Toksvig, what is your favourite biscuit?
ST: I don’t have a big sweet tooth but a plain digestive with cheese is nice.
ST: You seem disappointed by that.
AE: That’s not really a proper biscuit if you add cheese?
ST: No, I suppose not. I retract the cheese.
Sandi Toksvig’s new book, a collection of her Daily Telegraph columns, The Chain Of Curiosity is out now on Little Brown. (We also recommend Girl’s Are Best.)
"Great LezBritain" authors Sarah, a Londoner, and Lee, a Glaswegian, met in a gay discotheque one bleak mid winter, eight years ago and have been shacked up together ever since. When not watching Tipping The Velvet, they find time to write, run a PR company, DJ at their own club nights and love a bit of jam on toast. Follow them on Twitter at greatlezbritain.