Oran Burke is an Irish writer who has spent most of his adult life in the UK. He is the author of Travels with Checkpoints, a travelogue, and Who owns all the oranges?, a dystopian tale of a Britain without democracy.
Set in 2030, a journalist tries to explain to his 17-year-old daughter how Britain has ended up being ruled by politicians reluctant to give up their self-anointed positions of power. The media is controlled, opponents disappear and private security firms carry out the brutal needs of the government while the majority of the population struggle to survive.
Oran Burke has encountered a few too many troublesome officials on his travels, from a cash-loving Uzbek doctor to a casually dressed Bolivian border guard. His journeys have taken him through remote desert checkpoints and busy land crossings, coming into contact with an assorted bunch of people who’ve both helped and hindered his passage.