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Discover what the The Ten Commandments of St Fiacre and the 10 Commandments of Road Safety are all about. Discover the lives of taxi drivers: hidden in plain sight, here, there, and everywhere – sometimes, invisible! Learn the history that created taxis, Hackney carriages and all. Consider their urban setting with case studies and interviews from Milton Keynes. And, taxi drivers: who are they, where are they from, how did they get here? Trials, traumas and triumphs. What is ‘The job' what is ‘The Knowledge'. What’s new? All this, only on Uber! Earnings… and much more.

     This book uncovers the hidden depths below simply urban living and then leads the reader into further inspiring knowledge about the ‘real me’ behind the taxi driver. Who would believe that an accurate, meticulous account of a down-to-earth subject like taxi drivers in Milton Keynes would lead  into the deeper fathoms of the human soul and of what lies beyond.​

Your view of the familiar streets will be transformed!

 

A book from Ruth's Trilogy: Tales of the City, The Hidden Musicians and The Hidden Lives of Taxi Drivers – with their focus on the City of Milton Keynes

Published by Callender Press

Like many of my generation, I grew up thinking that using taxis was self-indulgent and unnecessary and certainly not for me. I’ve changed my mind. When I stopped driving in my 70s I couldn’t really expect my husband to drive me all over the place. So I saw that I would have to engage taxis to go to the shopping centre or the doctor or the dentist or wherever. So I started, at first reluctantly, to take taxis. Being a chatty person my habit was to sit in the front beside the driver. We found we were exchangIng our life stories, as far as that was possible, that is, in the typically 20-30 minute rides. And theirs were fascinating, varied, surprising.

As a result, I kind of fell into taking note by accident and then was hooked! So this study, like so many (and, come to think of it, some of my previous ones too), came about by chance. But chance is a fine thing for it turned out to link in remarkably with my earlier research interests. Like many anthropologists, I have always, I suppose, been intrigued by things that were somehow just 'there', but that I, and perhaps others too, actually knew little about in any depth. In this case it was something literally going on all around me, here on the streets, right before my eyes.
And then I saw that the here-and-now familiarity but at the same time seeming invisibility of taxi drivers – hidden in plain sight – chimed in with my continuing interest in the extraordinary and notable in the apparent 'ordinary' and unnoticed. For me this had in the past extended to trying to delve into the not-then-fully-studied topics of oral literature, extra-university researchers, amateur musicians, non-sensory communication, or the significance of personal names. Taxi drivers’ lives were just another instance.

So I started to pay more attention to the fact that, at first without deliberately planning it, I was in practice amassing a substantial amount of information about taxi drivers. When I got a taxi whether by phoning from my own home or picking one up from the station rank or elsewhere, I would, as I say, automatically and without thinking fall into conversation with the driver.

Ruth Finnegan, October 2022