The lives of others: Richard Ford

The lives of others: Richard Ford
Richard Ford: ‘When I create characters, I’m never persuaded of their existence until I know what they do for a living’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

The American author has long been fascinated by the everyday lives of ordinary people. Now he’s made his parents the focus of his latest, non-fiction, book

‘How do you find life?” asks Richard Ford in between mouthfuls of soup. “Is it fun for you?” Sitting in the lounge of a Dublin hotel, the American author offers me a slice of his brown bread as we speak. There is a quiet simplicity about him still, this great observer of human life.

Three decades have now passed since the publication of The Sportswriter, the novel that secured Ford’s entry into the literary canon....

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