A little while ago I interviewed Nathan and Wayne from the newly formed Obliterati Press in a blogpost you can read here. What I didn’t realise at the time was that would be sending one of their authors, David Olner, to stay in with me to tell me about his book.
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Staying in with David Olner
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, David. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
No probs, ta for inviting me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought my debut novel The Baggage Carousel. It’s a travel-sized epic that takes the reader around the world in 250 pages. From Doncaster to Australia via South Africa and a few other stopovers, too.
(Sounds like my kind of read. I love to travel and have been to Doncaster, Australia and South Africa so I’m sure I’d love to revisit those places – some more than others!)
What can we expect from an evening in with The Baggage Carousel?
It’s a visceral yet humane travelogue about life’s great let-downs: family, work and love.
(I hope your let-downs are fictional ones Davis!)
What else have you brought along and why?
All the ingredients for my traditional night in: San Miguel beer and olives. I like to drink the beer in its official San Miguel glass that I liberated from a life of servitude in Wetherspoons. The amber liquid and the creamy head look particularly aesthetically pleasing when displayed within. I could only fit eight cans in my knapsack, though, so I dunno what you’re drinking.
(It’s fine. There’s always some San Miguel in the fridge in the ‘gym’ so if you finish those cans I can grab some more. That liberating of the glass was very noble of you!)
As for the olives, I’ve always found myself strangely drawn towards dank fruit. We can share those, though, they’ve got feta cheese mixed in with them and if I eat too much of that it makes my mouth feel a bit claggy.
(Happy to share olives and feta David. One of my favourite combinations of food as it always makes me think of holidays.)
Thanks so much for staying in with me to tell me all about The Baggage Carousel David. It’s made me realise it’s time for another trip abroad!
The Baggage Carousel
Dan Roberts has a troubled past, anger management issues and a backpack named after an abducted heiress. A chance encounter with Amber, 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 emails, the only direction he’s heading is down…
The Baggage Carousel is a visceral yet humane travelogue of a novel about life’s great let-downs; family, work and love.
Dan Roberts is destined to go down as one of fiction’s great solitary men, equal parts Iain Banks’ Frank, Camus’ Meursault and Seuss’ The Grinch.
The Baggage Carousel was published by Obliterati on 23rd March 2018 and is available for purchase here.
About David Olner
Dave Olner likes to travel, relishing the opportunity to alienate people from different cultures. He currently lives in Humberside where he works as a reach truck driver by night and sleeps during the day. Like a vampire, except without the bloodletting, immortality or superhuman strength. The Baggage Carousel is his first novel.
You can follow David on Twitter @daveocelot.