Sunday, 8 July 2012
Author: Hunter Davies
Year of publication: 1972, Sphere edition 1974
Back cover blurb: 'Franko Baxter roamed the streets of London in the unlicensed mini-cab he drove for Mr Innocent of Fantastic Cabs. When he wasn't picking up passengers, he was on the heath kicking a football with his friend Ginger or anyone else who was around.
But Franko's trouble was that he got involved. With Shuggy, down from Glasgow to try his luck with a big league team; with Zak, a graduate drop-out on the dole, and his sexy wife; with Joff, top bisexual TV producer; and with the police investigating a homosexual murder.'
Quick flick reveals: Hunter Davies is now best known as a top Beatles biographer, but he has written a number of novels over the years. I thought this one was going to be about football hooligans, but closer inspection reveals it to be about murders, and football, and homosexuality, and taxis... or something.
Random paragraphs: 'He put his hand on my shoulder. I pushed him away. Come round any time, he said. Come round tonight. He was having a few people in. He knew there were several young people there I'd love to meet.
Drink, money, now sex. All that was missing was Green Shield stamps.'