The Taxi Driver's Daughter Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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About the Author
The Taxi Driver's Daughter was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Julia Darling's first novel Crocodile Soup was published to great acclaim in 1998 and was on the longlist for the Orange Prize. It will be reissued by Penguin in 2004. Darling is also a poet and playwright who has written plays for the stage and for radio. She was awarded the Northern Rock Writer's Prize in 2003. She lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
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I can't emphasise how much I loved this book. I live in Newcastle so it was a treat to read about all of the local landmarks (including the Shoe Tree - it really does exist in Armstrong Park in Heaton!) but my main reason for enjoying this book was the author's wonderful style of writing. Her talent at making you care about the characters (even poor old Nana)coupled with a skillful use of imagery are what makes the book such a success. And I have to disagree with another reviewer about the ending of the book as I thought it was a superb, unpredictable ending.
A truly wonderful book - one I could read again and again. The late Julia Darling was clearly an immensely talented author and I will definitely be reading her other work.
This is an intensely readable book.Read more ›
I enjoyed it ; clear prose and unaffected dialogue. I thought the character of Caris was very sharply drawn, as was George. A novel well packed with contradictions; as is life - particularly in families. I was a little disappointed in the rapid and redemptive ending. The book reminded me of Kate Atkinson's 'Behind the scenes at the museum'
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Julia Darling portrait of a family in trouble is beautifully written, with empathy, humour and insight. A light read but full of wisdom, hope and warmth. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2012 by Lala
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... Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2012 by Gary Selikow