Richard Ford’s new novel is the fifth featuring “arch-ordinary American” Frank Bascombe – a character who describes the aphorism of ‘yeah-no’ as “the entire human condition in two words”. Ford discusses his oeuvre with Nicole Abadee.
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Richard Ford has published eight novels and four collections of stories. His book Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. Let Me Be Frank with You was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. He was recently awarded the Prix Femina Étranger in France and the Princess of Asturias Prize for Literature in Spain.
Nicole Abadee writes about books for Good Weekend, appears regularly at writers’ festivals and other literary events and has a books podcast: Books, Books, Books. She is also a literary consultant, helping writers to polish their work before they submit it to publishers.