Something to Read on the Plane by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

And for your in-flight entertainment – A Bit of Light Literature, Short Stories & Other Fun Stuff to divert you from the tedium of flying.

If you've ever found yourself stranded on an aeroplane with nothing to read, then this book provides the answer. It is a light-hearted variety of humorous articles, short stories ranging from hypochondria to murder, plus a quiz, agony aunt column, limericks and a collection of malapropisms to keep passengers amused.

“He bought a sexual title flat.”

For your reading comfort we have used a decent-sized font and made the book pocket-sized, and for those who only read books with pictures we have included a few illustrative drawings.
A great book to keep with you whilst travelling, and a perfect gift (suitable for both men and women) for someone who is going on a trip.

"Should be compulsory reading to keep incorrigible chatterers quiet" - Frequent Flyer.
"Could also be used to ram down their throats" - Flight Attendant.
"The stories about me are hugely exaggerated" - Author's Spouse.
"Shredded drafts of this book line my litter tray. Royalties from this book will go towards proper deodorized litter and reduce complaints about the smell" - Family Cat
"What a relief that will be" - Family Dog.

Available on Amazon as an e-book and a paperback

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Complete; Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted May 17, 2009
  • Last updated Aug. 29, 2014
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  • Rob-Gregson's avatar
    Rob-Gregson wrote 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Hi Jan, I'm glad I stumbled across this. All the tales are funny and relatable but what I found particularly interesting was that you manage to vary the tone / style so much between them. It's almost like reading a compendium of works by different comic authors. My personal favourite was Night on the Run; I love your 'genteel' descriptions of a rather less than savoury experience and the wry humour behind them. Bodily functions and refined language make for ...
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    • just4kix's avatar
      just4kix Author wrote 8 months, 2 weeks ago

      Hi Rob,
      Thanks so much for the lovely comments. I first published the book as a paperback in SA in 2006 and it's been selling steadily at the local airports. I then uploaded it as an e-book on Amazon. I like that you enjoyed the varied styles as it was my aim to have something to suit all tastes. The stories about the Turner family are taken from my Book 'But Can You Drink The Water?'

  • sticksandstones's avatar
    sticksandstones wrote 3 years, 4 months ago
    Jan, I came across your book quite by accident and had no idea what to expect from it. A Night on the Run - Yes we've all been there haven't we? Perhaps not whilst camping at a caravan park in the middle of the night however. This is very well written - my favourite lines are 'Like a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon I slithered out of the sleeping bag . . . And 'a netting of guy ropes and ...
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  • stephen racket's avatar
    stephen racket wrote 4 years, 3 months ago
    A Night on the Run - a very amusing reminder of a nightmare couple of days I spent camping in a Botswana game park. There is nothing worse than a bad case of diarrhoea in big cat country with open air toilets! A Matter of Convenience - A well observed tale of a bickering family day-trip which also brings back many unwanted memories! Why are dislodged false teeth always funny? A delightful set of humorous short stories, cleverly told and ...
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  • Retired user
    PCreturned [Retired] wrote 4 years, 3 months ago
    Hi Jan, I saw your thread about epublishing, so I came over to peek at your work. I picked this book as I'm knackered and feel like something light and fun to cheer me up. ;) I’ll comment as I read, since I always find that the easiest way to go about this whole commenting malarkey. So, without further ado, here I go… A Night on the Run: Ooh ominous start. I’m guessing this story’s going to soon become a ...
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  • nuknuk's avatar
    nuknuk wrote 4 years, 4 months ago

    Your pith drew me in and i'm glad it did. It was a great read and I hope it goes far.
    "Love has no borders"

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    John Warren-Anderson [Retired] wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Very funny. Being prompted to take a short cut through the lion enclosure just sewed that story up.

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    Marsi [Retired] wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    You've really hit on a great concept and the title gives the target audience.It would appeal to someone too who wanted a humorous 'dip in and try' read. That's how I approached it and have to say - it didn't disappoint. I'm not planning on a flight in the near future but I'd get it as a bedside book. I shall back with pleasure. Yours Marilyn Jenkins ('The Legacy of Alice Waters'.)

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  • homewriter's avatar
    homewriter wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Jan, you have produced a miracle here! I will buy it! I'm getting over a bladder problem myself and nearly we... myself when I read ch. 2! Ch. 1 is brilliant! Backed, of course! Let me know when you are in print! ( Gordon - The Harpist of Madrid

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  • CarolinaAl's avatar
    CarolinaAl wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Ingenous side-splitting stories, etcetra with stunning imagery and evocative narrative. Fizzy. Fun. Well conceived. Well executed. Backed.

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  • alison woodward's avatar
    alison woodward wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    this is great, funny and well written, a job well done, backed


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  • tisseurdecontes's avatar
    tisseurdecontes wrote 5 years ago
    Excellent. I like the light, witty humor. Since you are self-publishing, you could bring out the same book with other titles (Something to read in the doctors/dentist's waiting room, etc. - it would be much better than 2 year old magazines). I can hardly wait for the sequels (More things to read on the plane, Even more things to read on the plane, Something else to read on the plane, etc.) This could be big! Backed with pleasure Steven Lloyd ...
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  • Joanna Carter's avatar
    Joanna Carter wrote 5 years ago

    Hilarious, and so well written. On my shelf.
    Fossil Farm

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  • odeb's avatar
    odeb wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    I am so glad I did not need to buy a plane ticket to get to read this..

    A real treat....Backed


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  • David Fearnhead's avatar
    David Fearnhead wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    pity there isn't more books sold like this instead of the vacuous crap that normally comes celebrity endorsed or "written by". Genuinely funny writing.
    Bailey of the Saints

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    Bamboo Promise wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    I learned a new word from reading your book. Does "trot" means something bad in the stomach like diarrhea? Your writing is excellent that I cannot keep my eyes off. You have made money on your books already so it seems to me your writing and stories lines won't be any problems and it is true.
    I am glad I have found your book to read to cheer up my days.

    Bamboo Promise

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  • tecmic's avatar
    tecmic wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    It's great fun and well presented but I become frustrated with the continuous ineptitude of the characters after a while. It contains wit and believably accurate descriptions of everyday events. I particularly liked the lion enclosure sequence, had me giggling continuously. It would work better for me if the comedy of errors was relieved now and again by the hint of some more positive abilities in the participants.

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  • Balepy's avatar
    Balepy wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Jan - Something to read on the Plane is a fun book - intend to read more (not necessarily on a plane) but backing you now for putting together humour and interesting anecdotes. Well done that man! Balepy (Freckles the Fawn)

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    CharlieChuck [Retired] wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Well, I like short stories and I like comedies, so I guess I was always going to like this. It's not hard to see why it's sold 1000 copies, the humour's dry and always there, lurking around. I'm also a caravanner so the first story had me laughing in more ways than one, I hope for your sake it's not autobigraphical. I'll be reading more when I get more time, will pop on the shelf for now

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  • BWM's avatar
    BWM wrote 5 years, 3 months ago


    This is entertaining, hilarious and occasionally guilt-inducing stuff (I too have suffered the fishtank slurry problem for my mum - but with slightly more tragic consequences). You should try selling these as individual snippets to magazines - you'd make way more money than publishing it as a book.

    Good luck and thanks for some real belly laughs,

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