The lives of others: Richard Ford

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

4th June, 2017
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

‘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...

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