When her mother is sent to prison for three months for assaulting a policeman with a stiletto shoe, fifteen-year-old Caris goes gently off the rails. Whilst her taxi-driver father Mac attempts to keep the family together, Caris meets George, a boy from the other side of the vale and from a very different sort of family. Their relationship leads her away from school and what she has known, into a new and unnerving world - and looks set to throw the family into terrifying chaos. Julia Darling's acclaimed novel blends the gritty and the everyday with the evocative and the enchanting, to create an original, inventive and often moving portrayal of family ties, suburban life, love and growing up.
The Taxi Driver's Daughter was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Julia Darling's first novel Crocodile Soup was published to great acclaim in 1998 and was on the longlist for the Orange Prize. It will be reissued by Penguin in 2004. Darling is also a poet and playwright who has written plays for the stage and for radio. She was awarded the Northern Rock Writer's Prize in 2003. She lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.