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Cabbie writes book on football hooliganism
7:30am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A FOOTBALL fan has written a book about hooliganism firms - and is selling copies from his taxi’s dashboard!
The Island Apes has been written by Dave Crouch, a Tottenham Hotspur fan and taxi driver based in Brentwood, with the plot following a group of six thugs heading into Euro 2004 in Portugal.
Unlike other stories surrounding hooligans, the characters in Dave’s book support different clubs, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool and Manchester United.
This was an idea the author who lives in Earls Colne wanted to explore as he felt it had untapped potential as a plotline.
Dave said: “I decided to write The Island Apes because no one has written a book regarding a group of friends that follow different clubs that join up to follow the English national team about.
“Football books are always written about one particular firm when in reality everyone has mates that support other clubs that they banter and go to games with.
“Plus the scope for writing about a firm made up from rival clubs is more interesting for the reader as it has a conflict of interest.”
Copies of the book are available to buy on Amazon and eBay, but Dave thought of another way of selling the story.
Dave explained: “I’ve sold plenty of ebooks on amazon mainly for the summer holiday market as people downloaded it to take abroad to read on the beach.
“But I also sell paperbacks, which can signed on request, via eBay and also the dashboard of my taxi where signed copies are also available.”
He is currently working on another novel and is also looking for opportunities to turn The Island Apes into a film or TV show.
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