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They say bartenders are amateur therapists - the same could also be said for taxi drivers.
Andrew Njanjo is from Cameroon and has been living in London since 1994. Since 1996, he has been driving a taxicab around London, lending an ear, offering advice and being privy to all sorts of conversations.Taxi Science is a memoir, but so much more. In the book, Andrew describes how his own character and personality have been affected, sometimes profoundly, by the experience of sharing his life with many hundreds of strangers who have been passengers in his cab.
The chapters do not only provide anecdotes, which are entertaining in themselves, but are used to explore his own developing attitude to race, religion, politics and gender in a foreign country. Ultimately, it shows how the lives of others have so significantly contributed to the person he has become.
Andrew's story provides a rare opportunity to understand how and why passengers so often use a taxi driver as their therapist, and what this intimate relationship can mean for them both. Like all counsellors, the risk of becoming drawn into the client’s life is ever present, and is sometimes unavoidable. Entertaining and honest, Taxi Science is for anyone who has ever confessed their sins to the anonymous stranger behind the wheel!
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