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Beyond the Blue Horizon Kindle Edition

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"'Highly entertaining reading. Frater introduces some marvellous characters... and absurd incidents that had me laughing out loud. If, like me, you find air travel irresistibly exciting, you'll have great difficulty putting this down' TIME OUT 'Whether being mown down by stampeding Baghdad-bound passengers in Cairo airport, or battling with Indian Airline staff (and failing) to reconfirm six vital going-on flights from Delhi, or being lured unwittingly into a souvenir shop selling pornographic wood carvings in Lombok, or hitting tropical cyclones Ferdinand in a 748 en route from Sumba to Bali, Frater rises above it all with humour, style and a wonderfully sharp eye' Evening Standard"

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"'Highly entertaining reading. Frater introduces some marvellous characters... and absurd incidents that had me laughing out loud. If, like me, you find air travel irresistibly exciting, you'll have great difficulty putting this down' TIME OUT 'Whether being mown down by stampeding Baghdad-bound passengers in Cairo airport, or battling with Indian Airline staff (and failing) to reconfirm six vital going-on flights from Delhi, or being lured unwittingly into a souvenir shop selling pornographic wood carvings in Lombok, or hitting tropical cyclones Ferdinand in a 748 en route from Sumba to Bali, Frater rises above it all with humour, style and a wonderfully sharp eye' Evening Standard"

Product Details

  • File Size: 1667 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2005
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080K3DH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,593,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I very rarely give five stars, but I'm doing it here. If you are interested in aviation, history or travel, you will enjoy this book! It is written with a light touch and enquiring mind, full of anecdote and hard-to-find historical detail. Although I read this book in paperback (my husband most fortunately picked it up second-hand for a dollar), I recommend buying it in ebook, as that makes it much easier to follow up the intriguing references to planes, people and places. I spent half my time swapping between the paperback and my iPad, chasing references. (The Kindle app makes it very easy to look things up, so I would have bought the ebook copy as well, if it had not been so overpriced. Seriously, publishers, an ebook copy of a title published in 1986 should not cost anything like this much.)

Websites online filled in historical detail, but this book made the events and people come alive. It's refreshing to read such natural, adept writing. I haven't enjoyed someone's writing this much in ages. :)
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Format: Paperback
This book has been recommended to me by a pilot friend many years ago, and I must confess that Frater's style of writing, his love for detail in describing aircraft operations as well as his ability to tell a story while at the same time reflecting upon anecdotes from the old days immediately appealed to my taste. Following a very recent (and short) business trip that has taken me during six days from Frankfurt to Singapore, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, and from there back via Singapore to Frankfurt, mostly on the upper deck of wide bodies, I re-discovered this book on one of my shelves and started reading it again, contemplating on the derring-do of air travel in the Imperial Airways days and the ease with which we are covering such distances today.
I can strongly recommend this book to readers that want to be taken on a journey through times when such an undertaking as flying from London to Australia was measured in weeks rather than hours. At the same time Frater's account of his attempt to follow the footsteps of the Imperial Airways route in modern times is highly entertaining. And, at least I again am full of admiration for the aviation pioneers that have paved the way for today's well-oiled machinery of commercial aviation.
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Brilliant. The man knows how to put history and story together in one solid piece of work. The tales of those early days leave one quite envious of people who could afford it managed to travel. However, I suppose if you can afford it these days being up the front end of an A380 is probably no difference in service.....you just don't get to stay and see all the exciting places he talks about.
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Alex Frater is the most gifted author I have ever read.
His sense of Humor adds a special appeal to a wonderful factual story.
I have now read this book 4 times and will read it again.
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