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David "Windy" Baboulene, (born 13 March 1960) is an English author of humorous travel books, as well as Children's Illustrated stories and an academic work on story principles. He has had three film production deals and lectures on story theory. He grew up near London, Englandmarker, then moved to Brighton, Sussexmarker in the 1980s. He has lived in the UK, Belgium and Greece, and is currently a resident of Southwick, near Brighton, Sussexmarker.


David Baboulene was born in Kenley, south of London, Englandmarker, the son of Bernard and Doreen Baboulene; the third of four children and the only boy in the family.

He was educated at Oxted County School but dropped out at the age of 16 to undertake an apprenticeship in the British Merchant Navy. His experiences from his work on cargo ships are documented in his books Ocean Boulevard

and Jumping Ships, which recount his adventures around the world and his "hilarious and often bizarre" journey from a boy to a man.

David's first book, The Blue Road, was published by Summersdale Publishers in 2002 , and relaunched in 2007 with the new title Ocean Boulevard.Ocean Boulevard was described on TalkSport Radio as One of the funniest books I have ever read and David himself was described as a seriously funny man with a great gift for story-telling.

In 2003, David won the Euroscript Film Story competition - a Europe-wide competition sponsored by the European Film Commission - for his first novel Mere Mortals. The first prize was to work with a professional scriptwriter to develop the story into a fully fledged screenplay. Since that success, David has had three movie deals - two in Hollywood and one in the UK - and has worked as a story consultant for both novels and screenplays.

David's first children's book Kepple the Kite
was published in 2008, his second Oopsie! I forgot
is due for publication in March 2010. These children's books are illustrated by Kelly Chapman and published by DreamEngine Media Group .

Baboulene has also written a practical academic work on Story Theory — The Principles that Lie Beneath All Good Stories — (publication March 2010), and is working towards a doctoral thesis through which he is undertaking original research into the power and mechanisms of subtext, and developing an objective set of metrics for assessing the 'value' of a story based on this work; i.e., how popular it is likely to be with a mainstream audience.

David delivers seminars on story principles to creative writing clubs and other forums .

He appeared on BBC Radio 4 "Excess Baggage" with Sandi Toksvig talking about his travels aboard merchant ships, specifically the crew's attitude towards passengers.


Travel Books

Children's Books (Illustrated by Kelly Chapman)


  • Mere Mortals (2004)
  • Clonk and the Birdman (2008)
  • Mayakin (2009)



  1. The Argus, 2007
  3. Mark Green - TalkSport Radio
  4. Duncan Barkes - Spirit FM
  7. University of Brighton - Supervisors Professor D. Phillips and Professor Ivor Goodson.

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