Babylon series (Imogen Edwards-Jones)

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The Babylon series is a series of books by British author Imogen Edwards-Jones which provide exposés of work places or industries using fictionalized characters and real incidents and stories, based either on the author's own experiences such as in Hotel Babylon, or on stories from anonymous insiders.

Hotel Babylon[edit]

Hotel Babylon
Author Imogen Edwards-Jones
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Biographical novel
Publisher Bantam Press
Publication date
2004
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-552-15146-7 (paperback edition)
OCLC 59138093
Preceded by Tuscany for Beginners
Followed by Air Babylon

Hotel Babylon (2004) describes a fictional hour-by-hour account of life in a top London hotel over a 24-hour period. It exposes the exploits of the staff and guests alike. The BBC One series Hotel Babylon is based on this book.

Air Babylon[edit]

Air Babylon
Imogen Edwards-Jones - Air Babylon.jpeg
Author Imogen Edwards-Jones
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Non-fiction, Biography
Publisher Bantam Press
Publication date
2005
ISBN 978-0-593-05456-7
Preceded by Hotel Babylon
Followed by The Stork Club

Air Babylon (2005) describes as "a trawl through the highs, the lows, and the rapid descents of the travel industry".[1] It combines various allegedly true incidents into a fictionalized day in the life of a duty manager at London Heathrow airport.[2] The day ends with a plane journey from London to Dubai. In October 2007 it was announced that Carnival Films had begun development on a television adaptation of the book.[3]

Fashion Babylon[edit]

Fashion Babylon
Author Imogen Edwards-Jones
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Non-fiction, Biography
Publisher Bantam Press
Publication date
2006
ISBN 0593056213
Preceded by The Stork Club
Followed by Beach Babylon

Fashion Babylon (2006) explores the world of fashion. The book follows the life and times of a small fashion house based in London. Over a six-month period from the day after the house's fashion show in London to their next season, the narrator describes the journey for producing a new fashion collection.

Beach Babylon[edit]

Beach Babylon (2007) is about the beach resort industry.

Pop Babylon[edit]

Pop Babylon (2008) covers the year in the making of a boy band.

Wedding Babylon[edit]

Wedding Babylon (2009) explores the wedding industry. The book lifts the veil on the excesses of the wedding industry - the scams which inflate the prices of everything from flowers to cakes to marquee hire and the wedding disaster stories of high jinxing at the altar and disastrous low comedy in the speeches.[4][5]

It highlights how the potential for things to go horribly wrong is never higher than at a wedding and how the dream day is never far from becoming a nightmare.

Wedding Babylon follows the style of Hotel Babylon and Air Babylon. The book is published by Bantam Press.

Hospital Babylon[edit]

Hospital Babylon (2011) is about 24 hours in an Emergency Department.

Restaurant Babylon[edit]

Restaurant Babylon (2012) is about incidents from a number of top restaurants.

References[edit]

  1. ^ From Anonymous of rbooks under section "Synopsis"
  2. ^ Stephen Bleach (2005-07-24). "Travel: Air Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones & Anonymous". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  3. ^ Matthew Hemley (2007-10-11). "Makers of BBC's Hotel Babylon to Adapt Airline and Fashion Exposés". The Stage News. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  4. ^ Karen Ann Monsy. "Review: Wedding Vows and Woes", Kaleej Times, 24 July 2009
  5. ^ Book review Woman's Day (Australian Consolidated Press), 9/14/2009, Vol. 61 Issue 37,