Best Friends Perfect: Book Three

Best thing a cabbie has said to you?
When I was a poor student in London, I didn't used to get taxis very often. Why would I, when I could get a night bus all the way home for £1? I was with a friend of a friend, who was legendarily very tight with money and he'd offered to pay for the taxi for a group of us, rather than getting the night bus. We'd at first all protested and said we were fine to catch the night bus, but when you're tired and the prospect of an hour on a crowded night bus can be replaced with half an hour in a taxi, you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. So, we soon agreed. Anyway, when we arrived back to our little corner of south east London the friend asked how much he owed, and it was £20. The friend scrabbled through his wallet and handed over two ten pound notes, then he fished further for some one pence, two pence and five pence coins from the bottom of his wallet and passed them to the driver. For those of you who aren't from the UK, we don't tip in the UK like you do in America. You really don't have to tip here. Not tipping is fine. But if you're not going to give the amount asked, and are going to tip, it should at least be another pound or maybe 50pence, not, as in this case 13pence in small change. I either give the exact amount, or round up generously, with this sort of thing in the UK, there's no middle ground. Anyway, as we were getting out of the taxi the driver threw the 13pence in small change and said loudly, 'I can get me own matches,' and drove off in a cloud of diesel fumes.

Favourite shops?
I enjoy a bit of high street shopping. When I came to London I discovered H&M, which hadn't, then reached outside central London. In Best Friends Perfect, Kieran uses shopping as a time to relax, and talk about his worries with his friends – retail therapy I suppose. Who hasn't discussed their latest relationship disaster over a sparkly T shirt with a friend? There's a scene in Best Friends Perfect series where Kieran and his cross-dressing friend Kev go dress shopping in the biggest H&M in the country, the one at Oxford Circus, in London. Bold as brass, Kev tries on dresses, asking the shop assistant to pass different sizes to him. I watched an interview with Eddie Izzard a few years ago talking about how he tries on women's clothes in shops. He said it's unfair that women can wear 'mens' clothes without anyone blinking an eye – trousers, suits, T shirts, shorts, trainers etc. But if a man wears a blouse, or a skirt, or dress, or high heels for some it's like the world is ending. I wanted to play with this a bit, and Kev is exactly the sort of character who would march right up to a shop assistant and ask to try on a dress in the window. That was a bit off topic, but anyway… my favourite shops are: Top Man, River Island, H&M for clothes; I love Ikea for home wares but it can get a bit silly when you're accidentally impulse buying a throw, a sofa and a vase even though you were shopping for some kitchen ware; Amazon is a great shop for books and other media, and I've just discovered ebay for all sorts of random stuff. I'm having to ration myself or I would fill the entire house with loads of clever, useless, unneeded stuff.

Best Friends Perfect Book Three
What happens when your perfect new best friend isn’t so perfect after all?

1999, Kieran, 18 is at uni searching London for Prince Charming with new best friend, Jo. Between his new uni friends, American students Julie and The Sarahs, his work at the hospital and his studies he’s keeping himself busy.
But all Kieran wants is to share this with Jo, but he’s disappeared with his boyfriend, Irish student Andrew.  Why doesn’t Sean call Kieran back?
And then something happens to turn Kieran’s world upside down, when he really needs his friends around him.
How far can you really push a practical joke? How many frogs does a boy have to kiss, until he meets his Prince Charming? And what do you do when your friend can’t see what’s in front of his face?
If you'd like to win a copy of one of Liam's ebooks, please comment below about your favourite shop, or a good story a taxi driver has told you, and include your email address and a week after this post is live, he'll draw names out of an electronic hat. Good luck!
About Liam Livings
Liam Livings lives where east London ends and becomes Essex. He shares his house with his boyfriend and cat. He enjoys baking, cooking, classic cars and socialising with friends. He escapes from real life with a guilty pleasure book, cries at a sad, funny and camp film – and he’s been known to watch an awful lot of Gilmore Girls in the name of writing ‘research’.
He has written since he was a teenager, started writing with the hope of publication in 2011. His writing focuses on friendships, British humour, romance with plenty of sparkle.
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