Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant: True Tales and Gossip from the Galley by Owen Beddall

Title: Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant: True Tales and Gossip from the Galley
Author: Owen Beddall
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: July 1, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.

What's the Story?:

From "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 in and out of that smart uniform in far flung places. There's sex, drugs and lots of celebrity gossip; Katy Perry, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, Venus Williams and Cate Blanchett – are all in the galley having a gossip with Owen.

Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant is a hilariously bumpy ride around the world with a very funny man."

My Two Cents:

In "Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant," the author takes his readers on a worldwide journey aboard Qantas Airlines, a carrier out of Australia, as you may well know. Beddall recounts how he became a flight attendant and what really goes on with the crews of those planes that take us all over the world. He shows the highlights (and sometimes the lowlights too). If you're a traveler and if you like funny and/or entertaining stories, this might be a good pick for you!

The book is organized by location, which I really enjoyed. Beddall recounts stories that happened to him to and from each of these places. Most of the stories are really, really funny. The way that the stories are written are very casual and you almost feel like you're hearing stories from a friend after a couple drinks. Beddall has the chance to meet a lot of famous people and he definitely dishes on them, which I really enjoyed a lot.

This book definitely gave me an appreciation for what flight attendants have to deal with. You have the really nice passengers. There are really interesting ones. Then there are, of course, the crazy passengers that you wish that you would have never had to deal with in the first place. Being a fan of traveling, I loved getting to see the other side from the perspective of those that get us to and from all of those vacation destinations. This book makes for a good read!



  1. I'm so glad you've reviewed this. I've seen this book kicking around and have been intrigued, but i thought it was either going to be great or a total gong show. Looks like i will be picking it up soon.

  2. Huh... when I first read this I was thinking "did this guy make up these stories"? But from your review it seems like they are legit stories. It would be interesting to live this kind of life.


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