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Beyond the Blue Horizon: On the Track of Imperial Airways Paperback – 30 Jul 1987

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140100652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140100655
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,676,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Highly entertaining reading. Frater introduces some marvellous characters... and absurd incidents that had me laughing out loud. If, like me, you find air travel irresistibly exciting, you'll have great difficulty putting this down' TIME OUT 'Whether being mown down by stampeding Baghdad-bound passengers in Cairo airport, or battling with Indian Airline staff (and failing) to reconfirm six vital going-on flights from Delhi, or being lured unwittingly into a souvenir shop selling pornographic wood carvings in Lombok, or hitting tropical cyclones Ferdinand in a 748 en route from Sumba to Bali, Frater rises above it all with humour, style and a wonderfully sharp eye' Evening Standard" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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‘Highly entertaining reading. Frater introduces some marvellous characters . . . and absurd incidents that had me laughing out loud. If, like me, you find air travel irresistibly exciting, you’ll have great difficulty putting this down’ TIME OUT --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 15 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
I'd first read Frater's 'Chasing the Monsoon' and loved his warmth and humanity, love for people, and his wryly amusing style. This is even better: he meets the usual rag-bag mix of people and listens to their stories, and tells you loads about the modern world (and this is a truly global book) and throws in for good measure a history of early aviation and a wealth of knowledge about modern flying too as he travels from England to Australia following the route of the first flying boats to make the journey sixty years ago. To learn so much in such an interesting fashion is a treat, the gift of only the very best travel writers, and Alexander Frater is up there with the greatest.
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Frater is sometimes too descriptive for my tastes, I get bored with his floral tendencies but they seldom emerge in this book to spoil the tremendous job he does in not only traveling as near as possible to the old Empire Flying Boat routes but reliving the experience through those he interviews. Ever indeed the traveling journalist this is probably his best book by far. Highly recommended for anyone interested in pre-jet age air travel.
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Alexander Frater avoids the usual chronicle to give a series of digressions on the early history of aviation. Not only does his trip involve speaking to the pioneers of passenger flight, but also a route never again to be attempted. He captures the romance and adventure of the early days of commercial aviation, and the wry observations of how the golden age of the airliner has matured today.
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I normally read novels or autobiographies and had never really managed to get through a travel book - however the great days of Imperial Airways and those romantic flying boats fascinate me. So based on good reviews I bought this book and have been delighted by its fast pace , its in depth research and very easy written style which reminds me of an amusing article in a Sunday magazine . An easy enjoyable read.
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The romance of travel then and now - at least in the mid 1980s. Hidden in here are some very good and amusing insights on travel tourism and customer service as Frater follows the Imperial Airways route to the Far East. I read this originally some years ago and found my current copy in a charity shop! Frater is an excellent writer with a wonderful descriptive voice and turn of phrase. The only downside is that apart from a map of the route Frater took there are no illustrations. A few pictures of the aircraft and the locations concerned would have helped. Some good reviews of the book on Amazon.com as well!
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Must have read it at least three times now and never tire of the wit, humour and writing, a super book for anyone who enjoys travelling.
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One of the great books of travel writing, a round-the-world tour in highways and bye-ways in large aircraft and small, with the fine history of early aviation thrown in. A must for anyone who likes aeroplanes. NMC
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If you want to know what it was like in the 1930's flying the U.K. to Australia Imperial Airways routes, then this is the book for you. Written in 1984 by Alexander Frater, a highly acclaimed and respected travel writer for The Observer, it is not just a travelogue but an entertaining and enthralling read to be enjoyed by all.
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