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Air Babylon Paperback – 3 Jul 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (3 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552153052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153058
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bitchy, bolshy and fun" (Refresh)

"Lifts the lid on the airline industry, the scams, the hedonistic lifestyle of the staff and the treatment of the passengers" (Bath Chronicle)

"A shocking but fantastic book that should be read before you go on holiday!" (Star Magazine)

"For real life debauchery, the perfect in-flight read (or maybe not...) has to be Air Babylon" (What's On)

"Lifts the lid on what cabin-crews really get up to in the galley" (Esquire)

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A mile-high journey through the best kept secrets of the airline industry

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Conrad Brean on 31 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
Definitely an enjoyable read - good for the holidays, provided you're not too squeamish about reading things like this when you may be flying. Having some experience of the airline industry, it certainly rings true to life.

The only thing I would pick up, and apologies for the pedantry here, is the claim that both the airport and airline have been "anonymized". I'm afraid that's only true in the loosest of senses - the geographical background is very much Heathrow, and some of the jargon used is rather British Airways specific. That failed artifice, for me, lost the book its 5th star.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Horsfall - Author / Writer on 31 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
I read 'Air Babylon' during a recent trip to NY, enduring a number of BA cabin crew telling me it was all pure fiction. It is a very interesting concept in revealing the trade secrets of a chosen industry and a difficult one to pull off - my only criticism is that the 'do you remember the time that..." anecdotes come a bit too thick and fast towards the end of the book and do not flow into the day's diary of events as smoothly as the earlier chapters set in the Airport. There is some real food for thought here (speaking of which, you may never eat an airline meal again after reading this). In summary 'Air Babylon' will really get you thinking about very aspect of the flying experience next time you pass through a UK Airport, which may not be a good thing for the more nervous flyers out there.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Angelz on 6 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. As a frequent long distance flyer and an employee in the hotel business I felt I could relate to most of what went on the book.It also opened my eyes to many events that must occur whilst flying and how airline staff deal with them - things that I had not considered before. My husband is a terrible flyer and he also read this book and in a bizare way it assisted him overcome some of his previous fears and gave him a few new things to think about.This book made me laugh (and cry) and since reading it I have bought all of the others in the series and thoroughly enjoyed them too, especially Hotel Babylon. Even if you are not a big reader buy this book and give it a go as it is a great read!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mat on 16 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
This may not be the most accurate portrayal of life behind the scenes at an airline, but it's a really pleasant read, makes you laugh and is just good fun.

It made me smile almost every page, and isn't detailed enough to bore the pants off non-flyers.

Granted - it's more of a novel, than a behind the scenes expose, but it's still a well written journey through a life that many of will never get to see.

I recommend it as a no nonsense, good fun read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Doyle on 25 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a birthday present from my brother without asking for it and not even having heard of it. I read it with a lot of scepticism. However, by about the 3rd page all of that had gone and i discovered that, like Hotel Babylon, this book is hilarious on every page.

Imogen Edward-Jones has written a truly incredible book here and it certainly makes you think twice when you fly, although i do still query the truthfulness of it all! If you are looking for a present or a holiday read then get it...or of course if you just want a good laugh over a few hundred pages then its perfect for that too! The only thing to remember is to be nice to your check-in staff next time (read the book and see why!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Miller on 10 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
silly but funny! Of course it's all ridiculously exaggerated and contrived. no single flight could possibly have dead bodies, air rage, and sex as well as all the other crazy things that happen. but the author is honest enough to admit it's all a compliation of stories from various people and it's very easy to read. I agree with a few earlier comments that it's odd that the main character is a man - not totally convinced by that - but it's a great book for a holiday and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr Steve P on 10 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book, and to make it even better, i lent it to a collegue who has been an air hostess for a couple of airlines, she also found it hilarious, and whats more, she says that as far as she's concerned, it's all very likely to be true!! (even though she wouldn't admit anything herself!)
Just don't read it after flying, but if your about to go on a long haul, read it, it might just help you survice the flight a little better!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Paterson on 18 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
Definately not the book to read if you have a flight scheduled in the near future if you do you'll want to stay on the ground where most of this book takes place.

Like the excellent Hotel Babylon it's a collection of "true" stories condensed into a fictional tale.

Whilst not as personalised as Hotel babylon it's extremely enjoyable and faetures a number of genuine laugh out loud moments whilst adding some shaking of the head as you wonder if some of these tales can really be true.Fans of shows like "airline" will lap this up as it shares the stories that a TV docu-soap wouldn't dare expose.

Having concentrated on two of the main customer service vocations it's quite telling that what comes across having devoured both books is a complete disdain for the customer.
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