The biography of a cabbie condensed into a regularly hilarious, celebrity-rich and geographically informative trip throughout London...
John Healy drove a black cab round London for twenty-seven years, assembly a desirable cross-section of individuals, from the wealthy and recognized to the notorious and downright tough. In his autobiography he's taking the reader on an imaginary cab trip round the capital, making a particular travelogue full of anecdotes in regards to the characters he has met.
His tale is interspersed with exciting proof approximately London's intriguing, assorted and sometimes grotesque historical past, and remembers probably the most devastating terrorist atrocities to hit London in recent years.
Before turning into a cabbie, John labored for 20 years as a tv engineer, mending units for celebrities like Hayley Hills, Margaret Thatcher and Lord Lucan. He attracts on those reviews, too, and the result's an unique, insider's view of London existence that spans virtually 5 a long time.
John Healy used to be born in Limerick and raised in County Dublin, yet moved to the united kingdom within the overdue 1950’s. He labored as a television engineer, then spent twenty-seven years as a London cabbie. John has formerly released a kid's publication, The Flea and the Cauliflower (Authorhouse, 2008). He lives in Tooting, South West London.
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