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Informative as well as entertaining
on 16 August 2007
As the author of the Bradt Travel Guide to Maldives, and guide books and inflight magazine features on other beach destinations, I was fascinated to read BEACH BABYLON. Although the resort itself has been fictionalised and the incredible events of a resort manager's career packed into one hectic week, it rings so true.
From various clues (a Muslim country, aclohol confiscated from arriving passengers at the airport, the proximity of Colombo, Singapore, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Dubai) the setting seems to be the Maldives.
The author's sources of secrets about what happens behind the scenes are accurate as well as knowledgeable on wines and costs, making this an informative as well as an entertaining book. It is a fast-paced and often gripping read that ends too quickly, even though with a final philosophical flourish. Anyone thinking of holidaying or working in a "tropical paradise" will benefit by reading this book. Jolly good fun! (Royston Ellis)