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Oxford Tube driver pens first novel

23 Jan 2017

A BUS DRIVER’S TALE


Oxford Tube driver pens first novel

Oxford Tube driver, Konrad Jaskolski, is celebrating publishing his first novel that tells a tale about a boy who explores life as an immigrant.

Originally from Warsaw in Poland, Konrad, aged 39, left his country nine years ago, before settling in Headington, Oxford.

Konrad Jaskolski said: “The novel is about changes and about movement. I have been an immigrant for nine years and I have seen and experienced many diverse things.

“Mostly I have been working as a bus driver, but I have also worked in lots of other places before coming to Oxford.”

The novel is about the adventures of a young boy who travels to London in search of a job. The boy becomes frustrated with the visa system and decides to move to New Zealand. It explores what modern life is really like for immigrants. The Polish title of the book translates to ‘The anatomy of overmen – the guidance for beginners’.

Konrad continued: “My novel is mostly funny and partly inspired by the works of German philosopher, Fredrich Nietsche.

“I couldn’t have completed my story without my job. As a bus driver I can see many different people and different situations. It is an excellent source of stories and I would recommend to all writers to become a bus driver, the professions work well together.”

Oxford Tube’s Manager, David Rouse said: “The team and I were delighted to learn that Konrad was getting his first novel published in his native, Poland.

“It’s such a pleasure to have Konrad on our team, and we hope he has inspired more of our drivers, who are budding novelists at heart, to put pen to paper.”

The novel was published in Poland on 16 December 2016. However, if it is well received Konrad is considering an English translation to be sold in the UK.

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