The London Cabbie
A Life's Knowledge New edition
By (author) Alf Townsend
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London Cabbie by Alf Townsend
Book DescriptionForty years ago Alf Townsend passed The Knowledge - after 14,000 miles on a moped round central London. Since then he has covered millions of miles in his taxi. This book includes a selection of his extraordinary and hilarious tales of everyday life as a cabbie, in which we meet Mr Whippy and Violent Pete, Bread Roll Mick and the Motorway Mouse, Claude the Bastard and the mysterious Mr X. Alf also examines the history of cab-driving in the capital - including the variety of taxis that have been used - and even tries to shed some light on the most ancient and obscure Hackney Carriage laws that are still on the statute book. (Do you know why a taxi is so tall? So a passenger can get on board wearing a top hat: it's true...) Concluding with a look at the seamy side of night work, the rise and rise of the mini-cab, and what the future may hold for the London cabbie, Alf Townsend's book will be entertaining reading for all Londoners, and anyone else who has travelled in the back of a black cab.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750944960
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alf Townsend
Bad Lads, Paperback (February 2011)
This book is a warts-and-all account of Alf time in the RAF, when he was transplanted into a completely new world of misfits and officer types, rogues and entertainers, all amusingly described in the his own inimitable style.
London Taxis at War, Paperback (February 2011)
Gathers together the history of London's cabs in wartime - not just in the Second World War when cabs were converted for other uses (firefighting, ambulances, armoured personnel carriers, etcetera), but also in the First World War, when the cabbies had to endure hundreds of zeppelin attacks by night.
Heathrow Cabbie, Paperback (March 2010)
Alf Townsend has nearly half a century of experience as a London cabbie and in that time has made countless trips to and from London's busiest airport, picking up fares from all over the world, the rich and famous - and the infamous - as well as the downright unusual.
Black Cab Story, Hardback (October 2009)» View all books by Alf Townsend
Tells us the story of the black cab, from its origins at the time of Oliver Cromwell to the brand new taxis which grace London's streets. This book takes you on a journey through the world of 'the knowledge', the vehicles, the streets of London and the cabbies themselves. It is suitable for those who love this world-famous London icon.
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