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Book Title: The Taxi Driver's Daughter|
The author of the book: Julia Darling
Edition: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
Date of issue: June 3rd 2004
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Reader ratings: 4.4
ISBN 13: 9780141012612
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.96 MB
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I absolutely adored this book and finished it over a Friday night and Saturday. 15 year old Caris, a spirited, inquisitive 15 year old girl lives in Newcastle, England, and is heading towards a nervous breakdown after her mother is sent to jail for stealing a stiletto shoe. Her torment is compounded when her only, friend, Margaret abandons her and joins up with the spiteful Layla and the two begin a campaign of mercilessly bullying Caris.
Caris finds what she thinks is relief in a self-assured 17 year old charmer George from the plush suburb on the other side of the vale. George proves himself to be a psychopath who leads Caris down a slippery slope to truant, drink, drugs and petty crime. Meanwhile Caris' taxi-driver makes pathetic attempts to hold the family together but is simply unable to do so. And things are not helped by his alcoholic mother in law who has come to live with the family. The only responsible member of the family is Caris' sister Stella but she eventually too finds it hard to cope.
I adored Caris and really found myself worrying about her. The book is a real gem when there are so few novels now being written about white working class people in Britain. The closest book I have read I can compare it to is JD Sallinger's Catcher in the Rye written 50 years previously. It is quirky, humorous, in parts tender, a pacey read , nad a genius mix of a light read that makes you think.
Sadly the author Julia Darling tragically passed away at the age of 48 from cancer two years after the publication of this book, in 2005. She will be missed and it is sad to think of the wonderful books she would have written in years to come.
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Read information about the authorJulia Darling was born in Winchester in 1956 in the house Jane Austen died in. She moved to Newcastle in 1980 and began her writing career as a poet, working with a performance group 'The Poetry Virgins' for many years, 'taking poetry to the places that least expected it'.
In 1995 she published a book of short stories, Bloodlines with Panurge Press, and many of these stories were broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 1998 her first novel Crocodile Soup was published by Anchor at Transworld. The novel went on to be published in Canada, Australia, Europe and the United States and was long-listed for the Orange Prize. Her second Novel, The Taxi Driver's Daughter, was published by Penguin and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Encore Award. She wrote many plays for stage and radio. In 2003, Julia Darling's first full-length collection of poems, Sudden Collapses in Public Places, was published by Arc and was awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She worked on a number of arts and health projects, including work with elderly people in residential homes for Equal Arts, and she ran drama workshops for doctors and patients with the project 'Operating Theatre'. She was a fellow of Literature and Health in the English School at Newcastle University and was a recipient of the prestigious Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award, the largest annual literary award in England.
Julia Darling died of breast cancer in 2005 aged 48.
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