A Knowledge Examiner Speaks

To those studying ‘The Knowledge of London‘ (the deeply intensive course which one must undergo in order to become a licensed London taxi driver), the examiners are godlike.

Knowledge examiners at the Public Carriage Office, Islington- as featured on the BBC’s 1996 documentary, ‘Streetwise’.

It is now possible to garner a glimpse into their mysterious world thanks to former examiner, Chris Ackrill who has just published his book; ‘From Manor House Station to Gibson Square- and back again.

In his book, Chris- who himself passed The Knowledge in 1988 and still works as a cabbie today- talks about his life which has taken many interesting twists and turns over the years- even including a stint in Louisiana, USA.

Candid, detailed and brimming with humour, his autobiography makes for a truly unique read.

You can purchase Chris’ book via YPD Books– please click here for the link .



4 responses

  1. The Knowledge never fails to fascinate Londoners like me. I will check out this new book, Rob.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Thanks so much for mentioning my book! Basically, I just wrote the book I wanted to read: hopefully I’ve struck a balance between detail and entertainment. I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to give a first-hand insight into the Knowledge process. I only wish I could have featured in your gallery of scary examiners in the 1996 clip!
    For more Knowledge detail, I’d also direct readers to the introduction to your own book!

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