Grit



Grit The world of the cab driver is uncertain and even dangerous, populated by oddballs, weirdoes, comedians, eccentrics, head cases, prima donnas and hard cases And they re just the drivers.Enter the ludicrous, humorous and sometimes violent world of the London cab driver You never know what to expect, and during my years driving cabs I got myself into some scrapes Luckily I ve met and befriended many characters along the way, and their stories deserve to be told In the last third of the book, I recall my time spent driving cab in the projects of Watts, Los Angeles, home of the infamous Bloods Crips, during the early 80 s I ve intended to paint an ominous picture of a community destroyed by drugs, guns and violence You ll almost smell the omnipresent whiff of cheap wine, and feel the dirty lino under your feet.Read the true life adventures of an English lad as he struggles to make a living amongst gangstas who are arguably the most violent in the United States.For anyone who has puked in the back of a cab, then argued over the fare at 3am, this book is your driver s revenge I ve done my best to create a living poem that is by turns thoughtful and brutal, but very funny.People have always told me I m a natural storyteller, but like every good cab driver I have an opinion on a range of hot issues, from the congestion charge to Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam You ll be able to hear my characters, see them and, in some instances, actually smell them They ll leave their stain on you You may well be able to relate to guys who used their fists and their wits, you may laugh at their humour and get their jokes, but it ll be the thugs with guns and no soul who will unsettle you I want you to be scared of them. Best Read eBook Grit by Karl Wiggins – heartforum.co.uk

Karl Wiggins Author, humourist, raconteur and unfortunately master of dysphemismI m an author with seven books onKindle, and I ll state right from the start that I have a particular aversion to fellow authors who befriend you and then immediately message you saying, You might like my book check it out I don t do that If people wish to knowabout my books the information Karl Wiggins Author, humourist, raconteur and unfortunately master of dysphemismI m an author with seven books onKindle, and I ll state right from the start that I have a particular aversion to fellow authors who befriend you and then immediately message you saying, You might like my book check it out I don t do that If people wish to knowabout my books the information is here to read, but I won t invade your personal space not to mention precious time with pleas to check out my own booksMy goal, my life s ambition if you like, is to give direction to comedy, purpose to satire And this is probably why I write the way I do, in order to use self deprecating, piss taking humour to bring to the fore situations that just don t stack up To demonstrate that serious issues can be approached with humour Embarrassingly, a number of the reviews for my books seem to involve people losing control of their bladder Anyone who is a bit saucy, very fond of boobies and doesn t mind peeing slightly when they laugh too hard, this is the book for you Best not to read this book on the train if you have a full bladder because by the end of your journey you will have a damp patch in an embarrassing place I have to admit that I wet myself twice while reading it but this may in part have been due to my age and a couple of bottles of a fine St Emilion, Due to the laughter you owe my secretary one clean pair of knickers Two reviewers have even suggested I should tour as a stand up comedian I found myself laughing out loud and even sharing segments with my spouse I think Karl could tour as a stand up comedian, Mr Wiggins has views on life that are expressed in a manner worthy of any stand up comedian So my scribblings do seem to raise a smile and a chuckle, and either way you look at it, that has to be a good thing Hardly any subject is taboo to the Englishman when he s laughing, and this often seems insensitive to other cultures, but the bedrock of the British sense of humour is a strong sense of sarcasm and self deprecation The British can be very passionate and if you doubt that try going to a football match but that passion is hidden deep in our humour so that other nationals often fail to recognise the deadpan delivery and are never quite sure if they ve been involved in a serious conversation or just a little bit of friendly banter Having said that my style of writing is now appealingandto the American market, and I write a regular column for a newsletter in Copiague, Long Island, New York I m really enjoying connecting with the people over there.Interestingly enough, my writing style has been compared to two people, both now dead, Charles Bukowski and Socrates Their names keep popping up in reviews Mr Bukowski, meet Socrates This is an exceptionally amusing collection of observations of daily life, The prose style reminded me quite a lot of Charles Bukowski s short essays and observations, It reminded me a lot of Bukowski s novels, but particularly Factotum and Post Office, Had me laughing out loud several times, which doesn t happen often to me It reminded me a lot of Bukowski s novels, I swear those are two completely separate reviewers , Karl Wiggins is like a contemporary Socrates I m sure both Socrates and Charles Bukowski would turn in their graves But then again, maybe not.My books You Really are full of Shit, Aren t You is my latest and possible my favourite It s an agony uncle advice columnist style book, but unlike most agony aunts I cut them no slack.I ll be the first to admit that Dogshit Saved my Life and Calico Jack in your Garden are not to everyone s taste, but the reviews are good, so I seem to be hitting the right note Shit my History Teacher DID NOT tell me kind of speaks for itself I guess, as does Grit The Banter Brutality of the Late Night Cab Driver I drove cab in b

New Read Books Grit  author Karl Wiggins – heartforum.co.uk
  • Kindle Edition
  • 177 pages
  • Grit
  • Karl Wiggins
  • English
  • 09 May 2017

10 thoughts on “Grit

  1. Travis Casey says:

    I ve always enjoyed non fiction and this book is a reason why It felt like I was down at the local pub listening to a mate tell me about his exploits as a cabbie His hilarious and sometimes butt clenching stories had me thanking my lucky stars that I never became a cab driver Shortly into the book I kind of made up my mind that it would only ever be a four star book because it lacked structure But by about the fourth or fifth chapter, I decided that was the author s voice and it made for an I ve always enjoyed non fiction and this book is a reason why It felt like I was down at the local pub listen...

  2. Ju Ephraime says:

    The author portrays the gritty life of a mini cab driver from excellent hand hand knowledge The story is hilarious and honest to a fault Who would have thought the life of a cab driver could be so adventuresome Thoroughly entertaining and a blast to read

  3. Hunter Jones says:

    This is a realist look at the world as seen from the perspective of a London cabbie Drama, humo u r, painit s all here.

  4. J.M. Johnson says:

    Through his contact with thousands of people during a variety of jobs the author has become an astute observer of human nature and he uses his insights to great effect when relating his experiences as a mini cab driver.The writing is honest, the characters are described with the kind of detail that brings them to life on the page and the author does not shy away from the sometimes brutal encounters in a mini cab driver s job.The author has strongly held views which are put forward with intellige Through his contact with thousands of people during a variety of jobs the author has become an astute observer of human nature and he uses his insights to great effect when relating his experiences as a mini cab driver.The writing is honest, the characters are described with the kind of detail that brings them to life on the page and the author does not shy away fr...

  5. Patricia Clark says:

    Well written Enjoyed the stories Writers that draw one in and Help one to transcend time and place etc are my favorites Got a sense of An overall philosophical sense of the cabbie as well Nice one

  6. Bernie Morris says:

    Loved it.

  7. Sophia McIntyre says:

    Not the book I thought it was going to be.entirely Was hoping forof the cab customers, didn t really need to read about his friends What was written about the customers was perfect I just wish the whole book was like that

  8. Jordyn B says:

    This was okay.

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