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Cabin Fever: The sizzling secrets of a Virgin air hostess... [Kindle Edition]

Mandy Smith
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Book Description

‘This fun read dishes on what it's like to live with your head literally in the clouds - from in-flight fist fights to sneaky sex at Luna Park during a Sydney stopover.’

‘FORGET the Mile High Club, from blood-splattered toilets and passengers trying to set themselves on fire to celebrity spats and shocking racism, former Virgin Atlantic air hostess Mandy Smith tells what really goes on in the air….’
Daily Express

‘A rollicking read with heart.’
Good Reading

"Mandy Smith spent 12 years as an international flight attendant and her memoir lives up to the young and saucy image the Virgin corporation is careful to cultivate."
Sun Herald

"Sometimes you want to read books because a/ they’re incredibly trashy; b/they make you laugh; and c/they could be true. Cabin Fever is one such book."
Canberra Times


Mandy Smith spent twelve years strutting down the aisles as one of Richard Branson’s sexy and sassy flight attendants. In Cabin Fever she tells the good, the bad and the downright naughty tales of life in the air.

From dealing with projectile vomit and celebrity tantrums to sipping Manhattans and shopping in New York, this is riotous good fun. Set against a backdrop of exotic locations, the cast of zany characters includes everyone from Courtney Love to Sir Richard himself.

Mandy’s jet-setting job allowed her to search the globe for Mr Right, which led her to many steamy love affairs. She even joined the Mile High Club, though not with a clumsy quickie in the toilet but a leisurely bonk in a Cessna. She’s no Virgin, and in-flight entertainment has never been so risqué!

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About the Author

Mandy Smith was born and raised in Hartlepool, England. She worked in the office of the engineering department for Virgin Atlantic before she took to the skies in 1999. After a 12-year career jetting around the world, she eventually retired from the world of flying to pursue an entirely different career: motherhood. She now lives in West Sussex with her husband Glenn and their daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1910198145
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (5 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much about her sex life. Put me off ... 24 July 2014
By Sue
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Too much about her sex life. Put me off flying with virgin if this is how all their staff behave.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is fab! 21 Jan. 2015
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I love 'behind the scenes' books and this is an exciting and well-written portrayal of exactly what it's like being part of the Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew. The opening is very powerful, describing circumstances on the plane. Probably the worst you would think of. Yet it's all covered. I could soon see there was going to be so much more to the job than everyone thinks. After this, the book goes back to before, the events which lead up to her being a member of the cabin crew. Her then boyfriend beating her up. I wasn't expecting this. She wasn't the confident person she is now then-probably due to the abuse. She's a strong woman in that she didn't take him back, she saw through the apologies. I like how she mentions which track of music was playing at the time and it seems appropriate to the scene. I just love how she speaks through her writing; down to earth, gritty, interesting, tinged with humour, Mandy's own forthright, no nonsense voice. We learn about what's involved in the training/exams, acting out scenarios, seeing how they would cope. Facts about how long you have to escape before it's too late and what would happen next. A six week course and it doesn't sound as easy as you might think. She is sharing a house with some right characters! Virgin requires its female cabin crew to wear vivid red lipstick-I couldn't help thinking what if red lipstick doesn't suit you? It certainly doesn't suit me! You learn lots of stuff behind the scenes-it was just brilliant-loved all this! The grooming lessons-certainly not the picnic they sound. Just couldn't get enough of this book!-I have many behind the scenes books eg doctor/nurse ones but never any in this industry before. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten 15 April 2015
By Vera
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Dull, poorly written smut. Not even worth a holiday read. I don't have more words to add. Would not recommend
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trash. 8 July 2014
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Trash. A diverting few hours, but ultimately, cheap trash, with its focus firmly on the author's sex life. I was expecting an expose of the airline industry told by an insider. Instead, what I got was the very active sex life of a vulgar little tramp.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just another reason... 30 May 2014
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not to take cabin staff seriously!

I have given up reading this as I fly regularly. I cannot take these people as seriously as they want me to.
We are obviously a pain in th a** to them. They are using us only as a means to get to the party destination.
I feel that the only serious bits of this book, are the rare occasions of unfortunate ill health of an unlucky passenger.
This book, in my view. Hasn't done flight and cabin crew any good at all. In fact I wonder what the rest of the industry feel about the book.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the hype 9 May 2014
By Vred
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Embellished stories .......I've worked for the same company for nearly 6 years many of the stories I've heard over the years and disappointingly retold as her own. I don't particularly think the book is well written, was curious and so thought I'd read it, please don't believe that this is crew life as it is very much not the case. The book glamourised but cheapened our jobs that we work hard at everyday we step on a flight.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I hope her daughter never reads this book 8 Jan. 2015
By Blossy
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Quite revolting. Has put me off flying Virgin. The writer comes across as a complete slapper with no respect for passengers. Stories are all centred around getting drunk, having sex and complaining about being tired. I had to smile when she describes her stewardess colleagues. Apparently they are all gorgeous with amazing figures and very discerning. In my experience the majority of Virgin stewardesses are overweight, over made up with Essex accents. There are no interesting insights into a stewardess's life and work, just a catalogue of very boring stories.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, don't bother 16 April 2015
What a load of rubbish! I've got friends in the airline business and have seen what their life is like, this i know has been so embellished, portrays the crew in a very poor light! Just a trashy novel, would expect this drivel from the likes of Katie price. Very disappointing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars It smacked of a book quickly written to cash in on the success of the...
Absolute rubbish, read it and was appalled at the jerky writing style, also its very tame in its content and descriptions and expensive. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by mark velez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read don't expect 50 shades
Published 1 day ago by Michael Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Skipped so many pages.
I really enjoyed the parts of the book that actually focused on the working life of an air hostess and this is the only reason I have rated it 2 stars. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sarah Talbot
1.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Ok if you like reading about sex but not for me
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Virgin. avoid at all costs
This book makes Virgin Airways look like it's full of slags and drunken pilots. I think the author was lucky to just catch a stomach bug along the way. Read more
Published 2 days ago by night reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it...
Mandy Smith provides a fabulously honest and enticing narrative of the air hostess experience. Emotional and raw in places yet wickedly naughty in others, it will make you giggle,... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Laura Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
not as good as hoped a bit like flying with virgin airlines could have been a lot better.
Published 3 days ago by neil b
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, light and entertaining all the way through..
Published 5 days ago by lisa scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too short but easy read
Published 5 days ago by bedfordshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This is a well written and insightful book giving a real insight in to the life of an air hostess, there are plenty of hilarious anecdotes, great for a bit of lighthearted summer... Read more
Published 6 days ago by kathryn bradbury
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