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#12 Richard Ford on Flouncing and Failure

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Release Date: 07/10/2020

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Richard Ford is listing his failures. He wanted to be a lawyer in the US Marines. Didn’t work out. He wanted to be “a lawyer, period”. Didn’t work out.

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Richard Ford is listing his failures. He wanted to be a lawyer in the US Marines. That didn’t work out. He wanted to be "a lawyer, period”. That didn’t work out. He became a writer – that certainly counts as a success for the Pulitzer Prize winner.

Even so, between novels and short story collections he sometimes thought he was through with fiction and imagined doing other jobs.

But he kept going, he tells Martina Devlin in the City of Books podcast for Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. And that’s been the case for half a century.

Although when he’s between books, he claims to “flounce” around finding reasons not to work.

Sorry For Your Trouble is his latest book, a short story collection published by Bloomsbury.

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/sorry-for-your-trouble-9781526620026/

Produced+presented by Martina Devlin with music by Daragh Dukes