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Driver, do you stop at the station? [Kindle Edition]

James Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A witty and amusing look behind the scenes of becoming a bus driver. Follow Jimmy’s journal journey from interview though medical, training and finally to bus driver asking old ladies if buying a return ticket to the cemetery was really a good idea!

This book started of as a blog. Stop rolling your eyes skyward, it was one of the popular ones. Not one of those boring journals flooding the internet to limited interest audiences. I was 48 redundant and had applied to be a bus driver. I decided to share my experiences both funny and sad with you.
I called it 'Driving a bus' because it was about driving a bus. With me so far?

There were two routes I could take (pun not intended) one was the gritty real life exposé and the other a causal relaxed look behind the scenes of the transport industry. I chose the latter because I wanted to keep my job but there are still some good bits. I will take you through the interview with a manager a third of my age, an embarrassing medical and the joys of trying not to crash a 12 ton coach. Later we meet the general public and all that brings. Enjoy five years worth of mayhem.
Oh yes, it’s not for children.

Special thanks to you the general public without whom this book would be blank pages, also my wife Karen because I might get my leg over if she likes it.
I have changed some names to protect the guilty and to get out of having to pay people money.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1136 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: James Henry; 4.0 edition (5 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00761EYNA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Henry was born in Surrey, England. He moved down to the south coast at an early age to be with his mother. (He had too, he was a baby). James received a normal secondary education but was blessed with also being able to read and write, which he did until his pen ran out. He pursued a varied career until redundancy eventually caught up with him. Being 'of a certain age' made re-employment a challenge. For a short period of time he drove a bus. This inspired him to write a book recalling his experiences with the general public and the bus industry. It's quite amusing apparently and is often the number one best seller under the subject of Public Transport.

Seeing that a modicum of appreciation was forthcoming he dared to write a proper fiction book. Being a fan of comedy films from the studios of Ealing, Elstree, Pinewood and Shepperton he set about writing a classic British farce set in the English countryside in the 1950s, a time devoid of mobile phones and fast transport, preferring the gentler pace of the period. Inspired in part by the likes of Tom Sharpe and PG Wodehouse, 'An English Custom' was born.

Having received favourable reviews James was urged to write a follow-up. This became 'The Village Goes Electric', and continues the trials and tribulations of Stonely village, the setting of the previous book. This was followed by 'Edward Monkjack-Exterminator', the rags to riches story of a rat catcher moving from Tar Pit Terrace to Baytree crescent. He wasn't welcomed. Shunned by the class system he set about discovering the neighbour's secrets which resulted in . . . Sorry, you're going to have to read the book to find that out.

Spurred on by continuing support for his writing, 'The Twilight Home for Retired Gentlemen' was released in November 2014. This book grew from a single thought - What happens to spies when they retire? You put them in a home of course. James of course didn't leave it there.

James Henry is married to his wife. He has children, they're probably his.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, interesting content, but bad editing 9 Feb. 2012
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Really funny anecdotes, well told, with some great one-liners and descriptive writing, but editing was awful and made it difficult to read.
Editing appears to have relied totally on spellcheck as it is riddled with the wrong words for the context.
Font size jumps from large to small and back again all the way through, meaning that whenever I had the size comfortable to read it would jump to so small that I couldn't read it.
I'm sorry to only give this 3 stars, but I found it so difficult to read that only the high standard of the content persuaded me to continue to the end - gritting my teeth along the way.
My tip to the author? Get it properly edited and come back to me for the full 5 stars the content deserves!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chuckles all the way! 23 Jun. 2013
By Mozark
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I chose this book as I guessed it would be funny - and I wasn't wrong! It is a laugh a minute and well written. However, I did have an issue with the grammar, spelling and punctuation (being a proof-reader!). In spite of this, I would happily recommend it to anyone who wants to be cheered up on a miserable day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny read 23 Jun. 2013
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I found this book to be funny, and very true to life.
Being an ex bus driver I can relate to a lot in this book. Thank you I would recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad 18 Oct. 2014
By Anne
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I enjoyed reading about the escapades that take place on a bus. Being a newly qualified bus driver allowed me to empathise and understand the good and bad moments recalled. However, i found the constant jokes irritating and the reading did not flow but appeared to jump quickly from one topic to another. This was not so much a book as a diary/blog. Anyway, i bought it and read it...nuff said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing book 5 Mar. 2014
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This book as well written and amusing, and I was surprised to discover just how difficult it is to become a bus driver! An enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow read 4 Feb. 2014
By Jean
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Got quite bored in places. Found this book hard to finish. Struggled to the end, but did persevere to finish it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny 30 Jan. 2014
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this is so true reminds me of my training can relate to the stories shame the company in question is revealed but I think I know who
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3.0 out of 5 stars please come and drive your bus in Ipswich 11 Sept. 2013
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Not a bad read, a lot of (blokey jokes) that only other blokes would find funny, but saying that I wish he would come and drive his bus in Ipswich as all our drivers in this area are a miserable lot.
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