The Bus Driver

"There are people that want and there are people that need."

46-year-old Adolf’s fate has been just as disastrous as his parents’ taste in names. He lives an unglamourous life with his mother, is overweight, has one friend only, and drives up and down the same roads every day working as a bus driver. It was drummed into him very early on that he was not to expect much from life, and so he surrendered to his fate. But when Hanni, his childhood sweetheart, steps onto his bus one day, fresh air is breathed into his tedious life. Adolf spends time with Hanni, they take a trip to the lido, and things are finally starting to look up for him. That is, until Hanni reveals a dark secret, asking Adolf for his help… 

  • ‘The Bus Driver’ is a witty, charming ode to humanity: A homage to outsiders everywhere, to those who most certainly do not have it all
  • For readers of Wilhelm Genazino and John Irving
  • Donald Duck meets Forrest Gump 
Veronika Bauer

Veronika Bauer born in Austria in 1978, studied graphic design and communications and worked as a graphic designer and art director before becoming a freelance copywriter. 'Der Busführer' (‘The Bus Driver’) is her first novel.

The Bus Driver

"There are people that want and there are people that need."

46-year-old Adolf’s fate has been just as disastrous as his parents’ taste in names. He lives an unglamourous life with his mother, is overweight, has one friend only, and drives up and down the same roads every day working as a bus driver. It was drummed into him very early on that he was not to expect much from life, and so he surrendered to his fate. But when Hanni, his childhood sweetheart, steps onto his bus one day, fresh air is breathed into his tedious life. Adolf spends time with Hanni, they take a trip to the lido, and things are finally starting to look up for him. That is, until Hanni reveals a dark secret, asking Adolf for his help… 

  • ‘The Bus Driver’ is a witty, charming ode to humanity: A homage to outsiders everywhere, to those who most certainly do not have it all
  • For readers of Wilhelm Genazino and John Irving
  • Donald Duck meets Forrest Gump 
Bibliographic Data
352 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-26322-1
First published 2022