Aug 29 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
Skelmersdale taxi drivers write tell-all book
TAXI driver Philip Parry has published his third book with the help of friend Glenn Pye.
The Skelmersdale pair have published Taxi Tales – a tell-all collection of stories about their 25 years driving taxis.
Philip has previously published a novel called Wishful Thinking and a collection of poetry called View From My Mind.
Over the years outrageous and hilarious things have happened to Glenn and Philip in their cabs and they decided to turn their experiences into a series of tales.
Philip said: “When we tell people all the things that happen to us they don’t believe it and people are always telling us to write a book about it, so we thought why not?
“People tell taxi drivers everything, you’d be amazed at some of the stories we hear, I often think we’re like a counselling service.
“They just bare their souls to you, telling you about their relationships, financial trouble, everything.”
The first story in the book is far from funny, though: it recounts the time one of Philip’s friends was held up at gun point. He said: “My mate was taking someone to the airport and he was early so the punter asked him to take him to his friend’s house nearby.
“When they got there the guy hit him on the back of the head with a mallet and then threatened him with a gun.
“He ran off but then came back and rifled through my mate’s CD collection in the glove box.
“He didn’t take any though and my mate laughed it off saying as if he didn’t even like my music.
“I don’t know how my friend got over that to be honest but he’s still driving around now.
“The general public are very strange, but there’s never a dull day.”
Philip’s second novel, Wishful Thinking 2, is published this October. He said: “Writing has always been a passion, I just love doing it.”
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