Saturday, 30 November 2013


Title: Confessions Of A Hostie: 
             True Stories Of An International Flight Attendant                                             Author: Danielle Hugh
ISBN: 9789814358637
Publisher: Monsoon Books
Pages/File size: 148pages/337KB
Formats Available: E-Book

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If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a jet-setting hostie, or international flight attendant, then spending a little time in Danielle's life is a captivating journey. You might be surprised and shocked to discover many of the truths behind the lifestyle as well as the incidences and behavior of passengers at 30,000 feet. Danielle writes candidly, humorously and from the heart about life, love and her exploits around the world. From the slums of Mumbai to the glitz of New York there are as many highs and lows as take-offs and landings. Prepare for a turbulent ride of emotions and adventure, so place your seat upright, fasten your seatbelt and prepare for take-off. Danielle Hugh's passion for flying dazzles in this frank and amusing account of jet-setting around the globe. With almost 20 years in a unique working world, her juicy tales are often as shocking as they are colourful.

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Approaching this book my initial thoughts were that as I read and enjoyed Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole and loved it, that I should enjoy this book too.

I received a free e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. So the cover is a kind of exaggerated cartoon style picture of an aeroplane and air hostess with impossibly long long legs! Appealing to the somewhat male version of the idea of an air hostess! Would the cover make me pick the book up in a book store? Yes, I think I would, the humor of the "confessions of" is appealing as it feels like you are going to be let in on a big secret.
So the book is pretty similar in content as the previous Air Hostess one I read. There's plenty of funny tales about Mary or Mary Go Round as colleagues refer to her that has had "relationships" with most of her male colleagues.
I particularly enjoyed reading the story of a turn around that Danielle has to do over Christmas because one crew member on another team has gone sick It turns out to be Princess Gabrielle who is "sick". the turn around ends with poor Danielle stuck in freezing Frankfurt with only a small carry on bag with only summer suitable clothes in it!
The book had its funny parts, but also covered passengers being drunk, having to be restrained and vomiting and the fact its the poor air hostess that gets to clean it all up. 
There's the whole hierarchy of the Air Hosties too, where the most senior get to serve the better class passengers. 
There is also an hilarious moment when one air hostess is telling the other how she copes when she needs to "break wind" whilst on the aircraft.
I feel to say anymore would be telling you too much about the book, so I'll stop here ad sum up. 
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, though not quite as much as the other book I read of a similar content. Would I recommend the book? Yes, it's a really good light read, that can be dipped in and out of. Would I read another in this series? I  would still read the second in this series. Would I read more of this book type? I intend to, I actually have one about Undertakers to read too!

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