Paul Gascoigne’s autobiography, Katie Price’s latest novel, and a collection of Lord Sugar’s "rules for life" were among the books most commonly discarded on an aircraft, a new study has found.
survey by Virgin Atlantic revealed those reads which were left behind by passengers most regularly during the Christmas period.
The Way I See It: Rants, Revelations and Rules For Life – by the presenter of BBC One’s The Apprentice – topped the list, followed by Glorius: My World, Football and Me, by Paul Gascoigne, and Santa Baby, a ghost-written novel attributed to the glamour model and reality television star Katie Price.
Whether these book were discarded due to their questionable literary value, or simply because they had already been read and enjoyed, is entirely down to interpretation. But with Sir Richard Branson’s book Screw Business as Usual also making the list, the airline seemed keen to suggest it was the latter.
“Passengers see books as disposable – they read them to pass the time then leave them behind in their seat pocket,” said a spokesperson. “This year celebrity autobiographies and travel-related reads were the books our crew picked up most frequently at the end of a flight.”
Also included in the top ten were two television spin-offs: The World of Downton Abbey, based on the popular ITV costume drama, and An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington, a companion to the Sky One comedy series. Two novels made the list: I Heart Vegas by Lindsay Kelk, which was a common discovery on board flights to the US city, and The Help, now a successful motion picture, by Kathryn Stockett. Two more autobiographies completed the top ten: Twisting my Melon, by the Happy Monday’s frontman Shaun Ryder, of which 20 copies were left behind on services departing from Manchester, and comic James Corden’s May I have your Attention Please?