"Beautifully paced with outrageous twists and turns (both on and off piste) “War & Piste” hurtles relentlessly through the highs, horrors and hangovers of a madcap season that will have you snorting into your Jägerbomb with laughter. Prepare for a tale littered with broken limbs, broken hearts, big dumps (you’ll see what I mean), sex, lies, and turkey thighs...not to mention crime fighting, the Austrian bomb disposal squad and just a little bit of hot tunnel lovin’....grrr. Buckle up your ski boots for a thoroughly exhilarating ride...this will have you clawing at your desk to get to the Alps"
Ed Taylor (Designer, Director & Snowboarding Guide)
"As of forty-three minutes ago, I am a seasonaire, whatever that means."
When Poppy Connors swaps a life of suits and cappuccinos for a job as a ski rep, she soon finds that resort life on the side of an Austrian alp is more than she bargained for.
Adapting to her new diet of Jägermeister, adrenaline and europop, Poppy throws herself into this strange new world - a world in which 200 foot cliffs, midnight shootings and the intrigues of the megalomaniac resort manager soon start to feel normal. When a growing love for backcountry adventures and the irresistible prospect of an illicit affair start to pull her in different directions, Poppy begins to wonder just how she will ever return to the life she left behind… Wickedly funny and utterly authentic, this is a novel for anyone with an intense love for melted cheese, neat spirits and deep snow – ideally all served together. This is the diary of a season.
"All you want for Christmas? A great stocking filler for any wintersports enthusiast... funny and witty."
Holly Junak, Ski + Board
"Beautifully written...one of the most interesting and relevant books we've read in years."
"Highly entertaining - the most realistic portrayal of a ski season I've read yet. Made me long for the white stuff again."
Iain Martin, founder of Natives.co.uk
"One of the funniest and most engrossing books that I've read… this book will ignite a fire within you for travel, fun, mountains, snow, Jägermeister and having the mother of all adventures."
Trine Bregstein, ski journalist and blogger
"War & Piste is simply an excellent book. Smart, candid and brilliantly witty, Alex Thomas' writing will take you to another place – specifically, a small ski resort tucked away in the middle of the Austrian Alps. Take me back there now!"
Polly Courtney, author