When her mother is sent to prison for three months for assaulting a policeman with a stiletto shoe, fifteen-year-old Caris goes gently off the rails. Whilst her taxi-driving father Mac attempts to keep the family together, Caris meets George, a boy from the other side of the vale and from a very different sort of family. Their relationship leads her away from school and what she has known, into a new and unnerving world – and looks set to throw the family into terrifying chaos.
Longlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize, THE TAXI DRIVER’S DAUGHTER is a brilliantly vivid story about a family on the verge of collapse, told with wit and great tenderness.
"Inventive and quirky, charming and original. A delight" - The Observer
"Poignantly drawn... blended with understated comedy and a fairytale quality, producing a sense of everyday magic" - Sunday Telegraph
"Darling captures the bleak realities of life without ever losing sight of hopeful possibilities. A vivid, uplifting book" - Times Literary Supplemant
"She is the only writer who can convincingly write about suburban Britain" - The Independent
"Julia Darling writes without squeamishness about the cruelty of teenagers and the reality of city life... heart-breaking and very funny." - Rebecca Sparks, Telegraph
"An exceptional portrait of a family leading lives of quiet desperation. The pages are filled with poignant images." - Sunday Times