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Holiday SOS Hardcover – 9 Jul 2009

4.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340919752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340919750
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 21.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 988,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is packed with tales of derring-do ... a riveting read. (The Independent)

Sun, sea and surgery - it's a potent mix. It deserves to succeed. (The Independent)

will have you engrossed (Sunday Herald)

possibly the funniest modern cautionary tale ... hugely entertaining and warmly written (The Lady)

A mixture of shocking, moving and at times very funny stories ...an eye-opener for any holidaymaker. (Now Magazine)

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Meet Doctor Ben MacFarlane. His job is to fly around the world to help pick up the pieces when Britons get into trouble abroad. And save lives at 35,000 feet.

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What an excellent read. I was totally engrossed.The author had many excellent stories to tell and recounted these tales with wit and humour. one of the best summer holiday books I have read!
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This book, which sadly seems to be on the way out, i.e. not currently available, is in fact an interesting collection of stories written, with the help of an author, by Ben Macfarlane, a lively minded doctor who describes his time working with a firm who repatriate sick and injured patients from all over the world back to the UK. Altogether enjoyable and satisfying, his anecdotes and self deprecating narratives which have been 'doctored' to avoid giving away any secrets are an exciting read with a side serving of a love story.

The warm way in which he writes about his patients and the descriptive passages telling us of his pleasure in visiting new and exciting places makes the reader feel as if they are along for the ride. I shall certainly feel more confident when taking a holiday knowing that someone like him may be dispatched to help me home should things go awry. The firm that he works for are a jolly friendly lot with sympathy and friendship in spades.

A life affirming book that deserves to be reprinted or even made into a tv programme!
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Ben MacFarlane lifts the lid on what happens when hapless tourists have to be repatriated from their holidays or overseas business trips.

Considering the book can be a little gory at times (thank goodness it has no pictures), it is also a touching, insightful and very funny introduction into the ins and outs of getting people home. Throughout he meets an interesting cross-section of the human race, from teenage drug mules, to middle-aged married men who accidentally find out that they've met a "woman" who didn't turn out to be quite as expected.

This is an easy read, very compelling (I read it over two evenings) and ideal for reading on trains etc, as although the chapters are reasonably long, there are obvious break points within them.

It should also be required reading for anyone who has ever considered going on holiday abroad without travel insurance and anyone who has ever seen cabin crew as just trolley dollies. Be prepared to have your eyes opened to the importance of both.
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This is a book by somebody who is not a natural author, he is a doctor who does medical repatriations for insurance companies. I found the book very interesting and difficult to put down.
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Great book - thoroughly enjoyed it! Read on my Kindle, while I was wanting to be in action but physically out of action and quite depressed. This is the book to read if vicarious travel can lift your spirits (it certainly lifted mine).

Ben Macfarlane is an insurance claim doctor - a doctor who will come and get you if you have become dangerously ill, or have broken your bones, all on the holiday of your dreams...He also goes to collect some of those who fail to take out insurance (usually kids whose parents don't know that their offspring are hitting drugs in Ibiza...)

If you like 'Casualty' then this is better. Fast-paced, funny, shocking, detailed, (both in the medical sense and in the sense on details around him on his journeys) and giving away little secrets of the tourist trade, I was so disappointed when I got to the end. His next book, about being a ship's doctor, is almost as good.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and was an easy read. I have had a couple of cruises (and used the medical facilities more than once!) so it was interesting and brought back memories of some happy, and not so happy, times. I would recommend this book.
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This is an ideal book for anyone who enjoys travelling or enjoys reading about the medical profession.
For a subject that could be quite mundane and boring, the author has injected humour into in and a story that keeps you reading and not wanting to put the book down.

If you enjoy this book, Air Babylon is also good
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Holiday sos was one of the best books I have read. It's the type of book you could hardly put down it was so interesting.
What i loved most about this book, there was not many mentions of the authors private life, it was mostly all about his patients, their illnesses and mishaps what they had abroad.
I was rivited most of the time with the stories of how he coped in flight with emergencys and how he did it to bring his patient safely back to their homeland.
The worse thing about this book is it had to come to an end. I note from the Amazon site, Dr Ben has made another similar book which I am going to purchase after I have read the book I am reading now. I am not removing Holiday sos from my kindle as I may read it again in a few months, it was that good.
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