The Bus We Loved | Granta

  • Published: 04/09/2006
  • ISBN: 9781862078857
  • 129x20mm
  • 192 pages

The Bus We Loved

Travis Elborough

In December 2005, London lost one its most famous symbols: the Routemaster bus – a bus designed and made in London, by Londoners for Londoners, which was to London what the gondola is to Venice. In terms of postcards, books, films and cheap souvenirs, and in the eyes of the world, the Routemaster represented the city just as much as Big Ben. It was the last bus to be have conductors as well as drivers, the last bus to ring familiar shouts that are at least a century old: ‘Fares please,’ ‘Full up inside but room on top,’ ‘Next stop the British Museum’! The last bus, in other words, to be a proper bus. In this fond history, Travis Elborough tells the story of the Routemaster’s invention, rise and decline, of the people who worked on it and of the enthusiasts who were mad about it. The streets will never be the same again.

Elborough's book will please bus lovers ... as well as cultural historians

Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph

A charming account of the capital's enduring affair with its favourite piece of transport

Daily Mail

This quirky book looks at the Routemaster in a completely different way to other publications relating to this iconic bus ... a light-hearted read that will amuse as well as tell the story of one of London's best-loved buses

Bus Fayre

The Author

Travis Elborough is a former bookseller and freelance journalist for the Guardian, Sunday Times and Observer. He lives in London.

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