Thursday 6 November 2014

Review: Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant by Owen Beddall

Confessions of a Qantas flight attendant by Owen Beddall
Publisher: Random House Australia Pty Ltd
Release date: 1 July 2014
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb: Want to know what really goes on on an aeroplane? Let's go behind the scenes and fly high with these tall tales and gossip from the galley! Everyone wants to be a flight attendant, or at least they want to know about the cushy lifestyle they lead - flying to exotic destinations, swanning about in five-star hotels, daytime lazing around the pool and night-time tabletop dancing with Bollywood stars. At last the lid is lifted. Come on board a real airline with a real flight attendant and find out what really goes on. In Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant - True Tales and Gossip from the Galley, Owen Beddall dishes the dirt - he tells you the things you always wanted to know (and maybe a few things you didn't) about the glamorous world of flying. This book is packed with cabin crew adventures and misadventures contd...

Ladies and Gentleman, please fasten your seatbelts, you are in for a bumpy ride...

I'm sorry, I know it's a terrible cliche to start a review about a flight attendant with a faux passenger annoucment, but I just couldn't help myself.

Ever wondered what it's like to be a flight attendant? Well if you want a 'warts and all' account then Owen Beddall is definitely your man!!

I have always personally had a strange fascination with all things airplane, and used to want to be a flight attendant myself many years ago, before I realised that I was too short, too clumsy, and would probably just piss the passengers off!

Owen though is a natural flight attendant, if there were such a thing.

He is also a natural story-teller, his accounts are truthful, hilarious and in parts down right heart-breaking. He battles with jet-lag, serious illness and betrayal in a way that most of us could never manage.

Flying for a living is certainly not an easy (or glamorous) job and Owen is put through some testing times during his many years service with Qantas.

I have to say had I ever flown Qantas I would definitely have wanted him for my flight attendant...

Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant is available now from Amazon online.

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Thank you to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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