Well, off she goes on her own into the big old world. Confessions Of A New York Taxi Driver was officially published in the U.K., with distribution to the Commonwealth countries, on Jan. 17th.
I received a couple of advance copies on the 16th and placed one conspicuously on the dashboard of my taxi on the 17th, Publication Day, which was also a driving day for me. It was a cheap ploy to attract attention from alert passengers onto the freak occurrence that their taxi driver had written a book about taxi driving in the same city in which they happened to be riding in a taxi. This desperate plea for attention resulted in two sworn intentions to buy the book, several lively conversations, and in each case above-average tips.
So now I know that even if the book is a complete flop commercially, I have found yet another way to increase my tips. Brilliant! Or "brill", as my U.K. friends would say.
I am enthusiastic about how the book looks and feels. The spacing of the paragraphs between the stories in each chapter is easy on the eye. Its size and weight make it consumer-friendly, I think, and its length of 391 pages seems to me to be not too small to feel that there's not enough and not too big to confront the idea of reading it.
And I think you'll find that the book "moves", meaning it takes you from one place to another rather effortlessly, like a ride in a taxi with a good suspension.
Now all you've got to do is get it. And since you're a reader of this blog you are morally obligated to do so, or my agents at HarperCollins will track you down. They know where you live!
If you're in the U.K. or in a Commonwealth country, you should be able to find it in your local bookstore. Or if not, you can order it from Amazon.co.uk, of course.
If you're in the U.S. it can be ordered from Amazon.com. But you could also order it here for no shipping charges.
I hope you'll get it, read it, love it, and want to marry it.
And your comments would be most welcome, as always.