Tales From The Ranks & Beyond

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)



Roger Lewis was born in 1942 during war time in South-East London. He had an unconventional upbringing and both his parents were profoundly deaf and his father was Jewish and this mother was Christian. Written with warmth, humour and honesty this book describes Roger’s family, achieving a place at grammar school, his early career in London’s fruit and veg market, doing the knowledge and becoming a London cabbie. We learn about the transformation of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association and his ambitious rise to credit union senior management. Readers can get to know Roger through this witty stories and anecdotal tales, learn about his colourful life, loves, friends and events that have stayed with him. This is a fascinating depiction of Roger’s adventures and the people he has met along the way, this is the ‘Tales from the Ranks and Beyond’.

This a softback book and is standard size with 384 pages, it has a delicate scattering of images throughout. A must read!

4 reviews for Tales From The Ranks & Beyond

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joe Robbins

    As an Edinburgh cabbie, I had always enjoyed my meetings with Roger as he is such a lovely, interesting and engaging man and he had told me a few stories about his family over the year’s but on reading his book it was soon apparent what a fantastic life he has had not just for his time as a London cabbie.
    As a child, he coped with his parents’ being profoundly deaf and being from different backgrounds. The old family photos are great especially that of his dad running for GB at the deaf Olympics (just like Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire).
    The stories about life in the East End of London during the War, selling fruit in Covent Garden, driving a London cab, his rise in the Credit Union and all the while meeting lots of interesting /famous people along the way are the stuff of legend. On top of that, I picked up a lot of hilarious, Cockney rhyming slang !
    A great read !

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Flynn

    Loved “tales from the ranks and beyond” all aspects of life, from a man who has enjoyed his time and shares it with us.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ross Hendry

    “Tales from the ranks and Beyond” is the best book I’ve ever read, funny, well written and what a life the author has had. A great story about one of life’s characters.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liz Williams

    This is a fascinating account of a very interesting life. Roger is a guy who tells his life story in a very human and humourous way. He tells the story of his life as a London cabbie and beyond with great colour and clarity but it is his writing about his family which displays a profound love. This book was a joy to read and contained many laugh out loud moments!

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