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Taxi!
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ISBN:
9781841588964
Categories
Biography
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
02 August 2010
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
224

Taxi!

Never a Dull Day. A Cabbie Remembers.
by Douglas J. Findlay - Find out more about the author

Douglas Findlay takes a trip down memory lane in this hilarious memoir of his time as a cabbie in post-war Edinburgh. Never one to turn down a fare, he encountered an extraordinary range of colourful characters and ended up in the most bizarre situations. Meet Charlie the Gangster, Pedro the Pirate, Jo-Jo, Mr Goldbaum and his Housewives’ Friend, the gin-slinging Lavender Ladies, as well as Dorah Noyce, Edinburgh’s infamous madam, and a representative of the Scottish Republican Army who did all his reconnaissance from the back seat of a black cab. Throw in assorted quack doctors, sailors, murderers and other desperadoes and the result is a Runyonesque romp through the demi-monde that lurks beneath Edinburgh’s genteel façade.

Born in Leith, Douglas J. Findlay served in the RAF during the Second World War and, shortly after returning to Edinburgh, started driving taxis at night to earn some extra cash. Most of his career has been spent in Sales and Marketing.