Thursday July 16, 2020

Richard Ford: ‘I’m worried about my country’

The American novelist is increasingly uneasy with his home country, so it’s not surprising that his new collection of stories, Sorry For Your Trouble, focuses on interior landscapes, characters and relationships

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

@nadineoregan
31st May, 2020
Richard Ford: ‘The last thing the Irish need is another American pretending to be Irish. That’s not me at all.‘ Picture: Getty

“I always tell people, ‘I’m a novelist, don’t tell me what you don’t want to see on the page’.”

From his home in Maine, Richard Ford chuckles softly. It’s a moment of humour that punctuates an interview – conducted over the course of an hour – that is frequently more angry than is the novelist’s wont. Ford, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of novels including Independence...

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