Oliver Marre


Whither America?

At the beginning of The Ask, Horace sits with Burke and proclaims that America is a ‘run down and demented pimp’.


Love and vulgarity

When I was about half way through Little Hands Clapping, Dan Rhodes’s fifth published book, I started a list of the innocent characters on whom fate and their author play nasty tricks.

Philosopher in transit

Where do you meet a benign shoeshine, a prostitute writing a thesis on an obscure Eastern European poet, a shipping broker filled with self-loathing and a couple of anti-terror experts who look like they are on work experience?