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A Fly Girl: Travel Tales of an Exotic British Airways Cabin Crew Paperback – 20 Nov 2014
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I admire the author's honesty, and really did feel pulled into the real deal of this profession - well at least in terms of predictable shenanigans.
You can easily read this in a day, it's a light read and written in a very down to earth style.
Amanda Epe gives us a window into her experience as a British Airways air steward in the late 1990’s, both in general and as a black steward; she talks about how she felt working in the industry at a time when it wasn’t the norm to see a black person doing the job.
We get to delve into some of her interesting travel experiences, alongside some of her ‘work politics’ and how she chose to handle it all and persist with her career.
From spilling scalding hot coffee on a posh customer (not that being posh makes any difference), to being informed she would be traded for camels during a solo Mount Sinai trip in Egypt, you will find something interesting amongst her stories, whilst sipping cocktails on your beach of choice.
So you’re not interested in the work of air stewards, that’s fine, you might still enjoy this memoir if you are the least bit interested in travel.
It’s a fairly light, quick and easy read, simply written and not too bulky to pack in your suitcase!
It makes you realise that behind every person's eyes lies their dreams, lodged in their heart lives a soul wanting to love and to be loved, at their root lies burning ambition for a better life. After reading this book, I will definitely be more mindful of flight crew, waiters and waitresses, taxi drivers, check out girls and boys and those people in general we can sometimes take for granted.
It must have taken much bravery for Amanda Epe to share her journey into a new life, amid an atmosphere racism in a growing climate where diversity was being embraced. Thanks for sharing so honestly Amanda, may you fly evener higher and dream bigger.
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