22 December 2011

Air Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones

Air Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones

Published: 3 July 2006 by Corgi

Pages: 416 (paperback)

Genre/s: Humour

Source: Own library

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Do you know that one drink in the air equals three on the ground? Do you know exactly what happens to your luggage once it leaves your sight? A trawl through the highs, the lows, and the descents of the travel industry, this book catalogues the births, the deaths, the drunken brawls, the sexual antics, and the debauchery of this service industry. 

My Thoughts

Edwards-Jones’ ‘Babylon’ books began with the now infamous ‘Hotel Babylon’ which subsequently became a popular British UK series a couple of years ago. This is the third book I have read, after Hotel Babylon and Beach Babylon. The books tell the story, hour-by-hour, of one employee in the industry.

I have to say, I hate flying. To me, there’s nothing enjoyable, pleasant or fascinating about it. I used to need a valium just for an hour long flight and I would spend weeks before the flight stressing myself to tears, and nearly cancelled several holidays, and one memorable time ended up in a pharmacy, hysterically begging for drugs and crying ‘I’ll never be able to go home!!’. Now, after many long-haul flights from Australia to the Netherlands, I’m not so hysterical, but I still hate flying with every fiber of my being. So was it a good idea to read this book? Maybe.

Air Babylon is told by a deputy manager in an anonymous UK airport. The stories are of baggage handlers, security staff and ground staff who work ‘on the front line’ in the airport, in addition to the stories of flight attendants (hosties) and to a small extent, pilots. There are some passenger stories, insights into the world of drug-smuggling, animal transport and what actually happens when someone dies during a flight.

There are some interesting facts throughout the book, which when explained by the narrator make complete sense, and others which have you shaking your head and thinking ‘WTF?!’.

Personally, I would have enjoyed more stories about the passengers, and a little less about the pranks and relationships of the airline staff (I don’t want to even think about whether some of these things are true or not!), and for me the ending was a little absurd and abrupt.

Overall, this is a fun, light read, but maybe not the best choice if a) you are a nervous flyer or b) about to take a flight (especially long-haul!). The characters are funny and realistic and the reading is easy.

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Kat! The book sounds good and I will take those precautions you mentioned (not to read while taking a flight). :D



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