The Taxi Driver's Daughter

The Taxi Driver's Daughter
Genre : Fiction
Published : 1 Aug 2003 - Viking
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

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