An Oxton cockney and proud of it, Tony Davidson speaks in East End vernacular, giving the lowdown on a childhood of tough love among Londonâ€™s street allegiances and hard ethics. Be prepared for boxing showdowns, adventures on â€˜birdâ€™-pulling holidays and Friday-night pub confrontations with the â€™Oxton Mobâ€™.Nearly barbecued while working â€˜on the gasâ€™, Davidson decides to strive for the â€˜real dealâ€™: to become a London black cab driver. He shares the pain and comradeship of that elite group working together for The Knowledge. Cabbie life depends on a network of tough mates protecting each otherâ€™s backs against some dodgy characters.Hilarious and tender stories teem from the driver-passenger relationship, and between driving the frail, funny and famous, he tells of struggles with alcohol, the taxman, family life and the courts of so-called justice. Davidsonâ€™s humour floods the book, and despite sobering obstacles, his strength and loyalties shine through.
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