Review: Taxi 528 A Memoir

Taxi 528 by Rowena Hopper

ROWENA Hopper worked for seven years as a female cabbie driving the night shift in Perth when she was in her 20s and 30s.

Her memoir recounts her experiences and dealings with Perth’s ‘night people’ during that time, portraying a vast assortment of fascinating fares.

She discovers that there isn’t any “normal” in human nature.

Crazy people, dodgy dudes, call girls and drunks are just a few of the colourful characters that pepper this memoir, not the least the very large hairy gentleman that favoured see- through singlets and a pink tutu (eat your heart out Liberace!).

Rowena’s chatty style of writing conjures a picture of a down to earth raconteur, she creates an almost personal tete-a-tete with the reader, reeling off her stories as one would do so with a friend over a coffee or a gin or three.

No doubt there are many of the juicy, nudge-nudge, make your hair curl stories that couldn’t be told.

Never the less this is a light hearted, easy read, and what a tough cookie (on the outside) Rowena must have been to take on a job that was predominantly male at that time.

Onya Rowena!

Taxi 528 – A Memoir can be purchased at Salon Express Subiaco, Pulp Fiction Book Exchange Floreat for $20 or direct via Facebook – search Taxi 528 – for $20 plus $5 postage in Australia.

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