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Good book, well researched and made me laugh several times.
on 19 April 2013
I liked this book and it took me back 40 years to when I was a young(ish) lad. The only other TV programme that I can recall following with such passion in the early 70's was Z-Cars. Having parents who did not drive, meant we all had to use buses to get around and I can remember (especially when with mischievous school-friends) was deciding which of our local bus drivers was the nearest to Butler and cheering when we saw he was driving on our route. The book told me a lot that I didn't know about the programme and there was lots of input and quotes by the actors and actresses who starred in it. I would have preferred to have learned more about the making of the programme and did not need an episode by episode synopsis, which I found to be quite boring. But the main let down for the book was the huge number of grammatical errors - words with incorrect spellings (at one stage Rhyl in North Wales had the spelling Ryhl) and there were loads of times when words were split into two by a word space! Then add on the extra words that were in a sentence (as an example: "add on the extra the extra words that were in a sentence") and you can see where I am coming from. I tried hard to not let the errors spoil the book for me and think I won, but I removed 2** because of them).
But I digress.
If you were a big fan of On The Buses, buy the book and be whisked back in time to the early 70's when buses had conductors and be entertained by it. It was one of the better biographies of my favourite TV programmes and I am glad I purchased it and who knows, at some stage in the future I may read it again, to refresh my memory again. It was a good read and made me laugh several times.