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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409020202
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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In-Flight Entertainment

Tales of Sex, Rage & Queasiness at 30,000 feet




Glorious tales of humour from a flight attendant who's seen it all

'My father died a year ago. I don't subscribe to the theory according to which we become truly adult when our parents die; we never become truly adult ...
'I spent the last day of my compassionate leave visiting various travel agents. I like holiday brochures, their abstractness, their way of condensing the world into a limited series of possible pleasures and prices; I was particularly fond of the star rating system, which indicated the intensity of the pleasure one was entitled to hope for. I wasn't happy, but I valued happiness and continued to aspire to it.'

Michel is a civil-servant, an account manager at the Ministry of Culture. He is single, and likes his pleasures pre-packaged: game shows, TV movies, pornography and instant mash. When his father is murdered and he comes into some money, Michel takes leave of absence to go on a package tour to Thailand. Relieved to get away, he is nonetheless infuriated by the shallow hypocrisy and mediocrity of his fellow travellers. Only the awkward Valerie attracts his attention. Too bashful to pursue her, Michel prefers the uncomplicated pleasure of Thai massage parlours and sex with local women. Western society, he believes, has lost the sense of the 'other' - the sensual, the exotic - that is necessary to pleasure.
Back in Paris, he calls Valerie and they plunge into a passionate affair which strays far beyond the bounds of Michel's previous 'vanilla' existence, into S&M, partner-swapping and sex in public. Michel quits his job, and tries to help Valerie and her boss, Jean-Yves, in their ailing travel business, putting his philosophy into practice by offering consenting adults sexual tourism in the third world. The project is risky, but when the three return to Thailand, Michel discovers that sex is neither the most consuming nor the most dangerous of human passions....

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409020202
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
Categories:

About the Author

Elliot Hester

Elliott Hester graduated New Mexico University 1981 and got the plum job of Media Buyer for the Leo Burnett Ad Agency. He was lured away by the glamour of being a male model (Sears catalogue etc), but to make ends meet worked as baggage handler at Chicago airport. It was their coldest winter on record. He looked up at the aeroplane to see a stewardess with a piping hot cup of coffee- Result - Elliott becomes a steward instead. Many published articles including Elle, National Geographic, Maxim, Men's Health, Glamour and Salon.com. Editor of the Pelican Guide to the Bahamas.

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