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.
Owen was born in Darwin and is of Anglo–Aboriginal descent. He studied Arts/Law at the University of New South Wales before leaving to work in Hong Kong and then London. Owen worked in an Aboriginal community and at an Aboriginal college before being accepted to Qantas in 2001. The September 11 attacks resulted in an unprecedented downturn in the travel market that delayed his start but he was employed as a casual and in the domestic division before transferring to the international division in 2004. He became a first-class flight attendant and went to work in London for the opening of the new international base in 2005–06. He lived in Brussels.
Owen returned to Australia to continue his flying career post London and continued flying internationally. Owen suffered a workplace injury, breaking his back in three places. After a period of rehabilitation, he intermittently returned to flying but could no longer take the long, manual and tiring conditions of an international ‘hostie'. He has since put his energy and time into writing and retired from Qantas in 2013.
Along the way Owen has travelled to over forty countries on six continents and among the countless people he has met are Princess Anne and other royalty, political and religious leaders, and celebrities including Katy Perry, Russell Brand, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Cate Blanchett, Kelly Osborne, Venus Williams, Lisa Raymond, Casey Dellacqua and Caroline Wozniacki, plus bands Franz Ferdinand and Oasis.
Currently, Owen is writing, working with charity Beyondblue, and still recovering from his injury. He has signed with an agency in New York and lives between Sydney and a country home in Grafton.
New Zealand-born Libby Harkness has lived and worked as a journalist, editor, and writer in Australia for more than 35 years. As a journalist, sub-editor and editor she has worked on a variety of professional and trade publications across a range of fields including travel, hospitality, retail, pharmacy, medical and pharmaceutical.
Libby's work as ghostwriter, biographer and editor has covered a variety of publishing projects.