The Baggage Carousel by Dave Ocelot

Nobody goes anywhere without baggage.

Dan Roberts has a troubled past, anger management issues and a backpack named after an abducted heiress. A chance encounter with a free-spirited Australian girl seems to give his solitary, nomadic life a new sense of direction.

But when she doesn't respond to his e-mails, the only direction he's heading is down...

"The Baggage Carousel" is a darkly humorous novel detailing one man's relentless pursuit of unhappiness and a £36 loan.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted May 12, 2011
  • Last updated May 12, 2011
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  • HarperCollins's avatar
    HarperCollins wrote 10 months, 1 week ago
    Dan Roberts, the protagonist of ‘The Baggage Carousel’, is a very sharp, quick-witted man who, while travelling, meets a free-spirited Australian girl, Amber. Despite their differences, the two begin to like each other. When Amber leaves, Dan begins to write a string of emails to her, all of which go unanswered. Meanwhile, the story of what happened between them and their own individual backstories slowly unfold. As Dan gets more agitated in his emails, we learn about his troubled past ...
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    • katie78's avatar
      katie78 wrote 10 months ago

      i loved this book. it is one of my favorite authonomy reads. i can't wait for it to find the right publisher!

  • Carol Repton's avatar
    Carol Repton wrote 10 months, 1 week ago
    Dave, So far I've read the first 6 chapters in one go, and it was hilarious! I love the slightly dark sense of humour of the main protagonist Dan, as his internal monologue reveals his broken-hearted feelings as he boards the plane to Dubai. The puns keep cropping up - even the title is a great play on words re everyone carrying some emotional baggage, and the old saying 'what goes around, comes around', i.e. on a carousel. The dialogue ...
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  • Susan oops's avatar
    Susan oops wrote 1 year, 3 months ago

    hi fun read so far will be back for more congrats x

  • FloraColora's avatar
    FloraColora wrote 1 year, 4 months ago
    Hello Dave, I feel like I'm on a blind date with the riddler or nothing to skype home about. I'm only into chapter 8 but loving this book. It's such a breeze to read. Of course I'm intrigued to discover what happened to Amber, why did she disappear and is it going to have a happy end. Good descriptions of Dubai. I've never been there and don't really have any intention of going, not now anyway. I must remember to ...
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  • Retired user
    Glacis [Retired] wrote 1 year, 4 months ago


    This is my first time on the site, I've upload my book yesterday The City Gyms. I would appreciate feedback and like to read your book.

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    A. Piccarreta [Retired] wrote 1 year, 5 months ago

    Dave Ocelot,

    You write with exceptional creativity and I can't help intensely hating your main character because he exploits women sexually. While it disgusts me to read about him I would like to know how the story ends.

    A. Piccarreta
    Mumbai Mazai

  • Sam Barclay's avatar
    Sam Barclay wrote 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Dave,

    I just wanted to say that your book is exceptionally funny and, of course, satricial. I genuinely hope you keep number 5 spot over the next few days and make it to the ED for the end of March. I also hope HC take it on.

    Best, Sam

  • AU Gonzales's avatar
    AU Gonzales wrote 1 year, 5 months ago

    I had a hard time adjusting to the writing style at first, but when I did, I found the story extremely entertaining. The sort of humor you employ is surprisingly brilliant. The way you write the inner monologues is just a job well done. The characterization was very well executed as well. I wish continued success for this book and I wait patiently for your following masterpieces.

  • Ellytkam's avatar
    Ellytkam wrote 1 year, 5 months ago

    I think you have a writing style that brings out the manage.....this fiction could as well have been written about a non-fiction story.... about biography or memoir???!! something like that.

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    Ry Guyiam [Retired] wrote 1 year, 5 months ago

    Very entertaining reading, good job!

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    VM Gautier [Retired] wrote 1 year, 5 months ago

    Coming back with more comments later, but by god I'd buy this. Why? Because I'm hooked from the first paragraph. Strong.

  • Seven Everson's avatar
    Seven Everson wrote 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Dave,

    No point commenting, really. You're on the desk. But you've done it by writing a truly amazing book.

    Jesus God, if you don't become a writer, become a stand-up comedian instead - you're brilliant!.

    Hard to fault.

    xxxSeven Everson
    Ashes of Eden

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    lizjrnm [Retired] wrote 1 year, 6 months ago

    Of all the manuscripts I've read on this site this was the funniest by far. You are a brilliant writer.

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    Ellie S Lee [Retired] wrote 1 year, 6 months ago
    I love the off-beat quirkiness of this, the sharp almost throw-away humour but underneath all that I think there’s a sensitivity there as the story develops and we learn more about Dan and Amber. You have the ability to change from almost flippant to verging on the shockingly profound. Lines like ‘Not Neville, never Neville no more.’ casually thrown in made me smile as I read. It reminded me of ‘Wild Rover’ and my under-age drinking days, made me want ...
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    vee8 wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    Been on my WL for ages, so it's about time I did something about it. A cyborg wearing foundation. Yeah, I've seen those types in airport terminals, I know exactly what you mean. Love the description of the baggage shuffling off. You don't use the traditional "Speechmarks." A new style, one I'm not familiar with, but once used to, is very effective. Dan's cynicism is very well conveyed, character development here is highly polished. Facinating first e-mail. I'm getting a ...
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  • kabiba's avatar
    kabiba wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    'The Baggage Carousel' review - chapters 1-16 This is such a treat - written in the form of emails from a besotted man, Dan, to Amber, who doesn't seem to care about him. The alternate chapter form, of her experiences in her travels, then back to his emails, works well. I have read up to chapter 16, and will happily read more. The laughs were often at the hilarious end of the spectrum. I loved the part where his backpack ...
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  • Raymond Crane's avatar
    Raymond Crane wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    Very impressed, this is definitely in the post-modernist category, I forget some of the bursting expressions which delight, as much as their seafood. You capture a complete scene , a complete mood, and style of living which I know to be true to life, and the provocative punctuation is exciting. I hope you can review my effort, which is more old fashioned, I hope that you don't take my age against me, and I hope that you can last until ...
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  • secretbanker's avatar
    secretbanker wrote 1 year, 7 months ago


    Ah ah ah this made me chuckle out loud. I sincerely hope it will go places-- aimed straight for the heart! he he, I would be very grateful if you perchance take a second to read my own work

  • Temulkar's avatar
    Temulkar wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    Hi Dave, sorry its taken me a couple of days to get to you. The SP is brilliant and teh LP really works one of the best I have read on the site. I read up to chapter 8 (in auth)youve really caught the zeitgeist of the modern nomad backpacker. I thought using the emails was a really clever way of getting inside Dan's head and naming the bag Patty Hearst actually made me laugh out loud (always a good ...
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  • Chris 1's avatar
    Chris 1 wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    This isn't what I thought it would be. I imagined it would be a kind of 'On the Road' in a modern setting, seeing the underbelly of life off the beaten track. As it turns out, it's a kind of long distance love affair played out across the ether with episodic scenes that are shot through with a finely observed cynicism that is very funny. There was a three year period in my life where I used to get a ...
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