“If you are smiling, you can’t be crying”. That was the motto of Percy Taylor, the father of Susan Briars.
Using a century of journals written by Susan Briars' father, Percy, and grandfather, Ernest Taylor, this book chronicles the everyday lives of her extraordinary, extended family, as told from her father’s viewpoint, covering the war years and observing the changing society.
The narrative begins his life in the austere Edwardian period, going through his time in service and then onto his many years driving buses and coaches. Here we meet a myriad of interesting characters and find out just what real life is like “on the buses”.
Susan Briars was born in Lincoln during WW2 and raised in Leicester, where she still resides today. After attending Alderman Newton’s Grammar School, she went on to train as a teacher and taught in primary schools in and around Leicester for thirty years. Now retired, she enjoys her many hobbies and spends time with her grandchildren.
Cheryl Potter (Guest Review) - 09 Jun, 2023
This books is a little gem, recording for posterity a family memoir which resonates with so many of us. So light is Susan Briar's touch that her father's voice and gentle humour shine through on every page; his working life on the buses made extraordinary by his positive outlook and insight. Susan Briars has written the book that readers would wish to write about their own loved ones- transporting us through a century no less troubled than the one we are now in, reminding us that far more important than wealth and 'things' , with love and humour the world is a far better place.