Richard Ford - Author

About the Author

Richard Ford hails from Leeds but now resides in Wiltshire, in the first town on the Thames. His first novel, Kultus, was published in 2011. Herald of the Storm is his epic fantasy debut.

Featured books by Richard Ford

The Shattered Crown

The Shattered Crown

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Heroes must rise ...The King is dead. His daughter, untested and alone, now wears the Steel Crown. And a vast horde is steadily carving a bloody road south, hell-bent on razing Steelhaven to the ground ...or the city will fall Before the city faces the terror that approaches, it must crush the danger already lurking within its walls. But will the cost of victory be as devastating as that of defeat?

Other books by Richard Ford

A Demon in Silver (War of the Archons)

A Demon in Silver (War of the Archons)

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/06/2018

In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war. When a young farm girl, Livia, demonstrates magical powers for the first time in a century there are many across the land that will kill to obtain her power. The Duke of Gothelm's tallymen, the blood-soaked Qeltine Brotherhood, and cynical mercenary Josten Cade: all are searching for Livia and the power she wields. But Livia finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places... and that the old gods are returning to a world they abandoned.

Between Them

Between Them

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017 From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter comes a deeply personal account of his parents - an intimate portrait of American mid-twentieth century life, and a celebration of family love Edna Akin and Parker Ford married young. For fifteen years they traveled the American south of the 1930s as Parker went about his work as a traveling salesman, selling laundry starch. Life was hotels rooms, roadside bars and always each other. Then a single child was born to them, and a life went a new way. Blending his parents' lives, drawing on memory, history, anecdote, Richard Ford's Between Them is a stirring contemplation of love's mystery and of loss.

The Handbook for Travellers in Spain; Volume 2

The Handbook for Travellers in Spain; Volume 2

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

The Handbook for Travellers in Spain, Part 1

The Handbook for Travellers in Spain, Part 1

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

A Handbook for Travellers in Spain

A Handbook for Travellers in Spain

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Gatherings from Spain

Gatherings from Spain

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2017

Between Them

Between Them

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017 From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter comes a deeply personal account of his parents - an intimate portrait of American mid-twentieth century life, and a celebration of family love Richard Ford's parents volunteered little about their early lives - and he rarely asked. Later, he pieced their stories together from anecdote, history and the occasional photograph, frozen moments linking him to another time. Edna Akin, a dark-eyed Arkansas beauty whose convent education was cut short by her itinerant parents, fell in love aged only seventeen. Parker Ford was a tall country boy with a warm, hesitant smile, who was working at a grocery in Hot Springs. They married and began a life on the road in the American South, as Parker followed his travelling salesman's job. The 1930s were like one long weekend, a swirl of miles traversed, cocktails drunk and hotel rooms vacated: New Orleans, Memphis, Texarkana. Then a single, late child was born, changing everything. In this book, Richard Ford evokes a vivid panorama of mid-twentieth century America, and an intimate portrait of family life. Exploring children's changing perception of their parents, he also reflects on the impact of loss and devotion. Written with the intelligence, precision and humanity for which Ford is renowned, Between Them is both a son's great act of love and a redeeming meditation on family.

Poems Written by a Government Prisoner in Georgia, USA

Poems Written by a Government Prisoner in Georgia, USA

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2016

Lord of Ashes (Steelhaven: Book Three)

Lord of Ashes (Steelhaven: Book Three)

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2015

The third novel in Richard Ford's magnificent fantasy series has enough thrills, valour, guts and glory to satisfy any die-hard fan of David Gemmell and Joe Abercrombie. FIGHT TO THE DEATH... The queen of Steelhaven has grown in strength. Taking up her dead father's sword, she must defend the city from the dread warlord Amon Tugha and his blood-thirsty army now at the gates. A vicious, unrelenting four-day battle ensues, the most perilous yet. ...OR BOW TO THE ENEMY No side is immune from danger as all hell breaks loose, with the threat of coups and the unleashing of the deadliest and darkest magick. Loyalty, strength and cunning will be put to test in the quest for victory. What fate awaits the free states?

Let Me Be Frank With You A Frank Bascombe Book

Let Me Be Frank With You A Frank Bascombe Book

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Richard Ford returns with four deftly linked Christmas stories narrated by the iconic Frank Bascombe. Now sixty-eight, Frank resides again in the New Jersey suburb of Haddam, and has thrived - seemingly but not utterly - amidst the devastations of Hurricane Sandy. The desolations of Sandy, which left countless lives unmoored, are the perfect backdrop for Ford - and Bascombe. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of universal subjects: ageing, race, loss, faith, marriage, the real estate debacle - the tumult of the world we live in.

Let Me Be Frank With You A Frank Bascombe Book

Let Me Be Frank With You A Frank Bascombe Book

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Richard Ford returns with four deftly linked Christmas stories narrated by the iconic Frank Bascombe. Now sixty-eight, Frank resides again in the New Jersey suburb of Haddam, and has thrived - seemingly but not utterly - amidst the devastations of Hurricane Sandy. The desolations of Sandy, which left countless lives unmoored, are the perfect backdrop for Ford - and Bascombe. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of universal subjects: ageing, race, loss, faith, marriage, the real estate debacle - the tumult of the world we live in.

The Handbook for Travellers in Spain, Part 1

The Handbook for Travellers in Spain, Part 1

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

The Handbook for Travellers in Spain; Volume 2

The Handbook for Travellers in Spain; Volume 2

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Gatherings from Spain

Gatherings from Spain

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2015

A Handbook for Travellers in Spain

A Handbook for Travellers in Spain

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

A Handbook for Travellers in Spain

A Handbook for Travellers in Spain

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

The Spaniards and Their Country - Scholar's Choice Edition

The Spaniards and Their Country - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2015

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain. Part II - Scholar's Choice Edition

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain. Part II - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2015

Afield American Writers on Bird Dogs

Afield American Writers on Bird Dogs

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/11/2014

This marvelous collection features stories from some of America's finest and most respected writers about every outdoorsman's favorite and most loyal hunting partner: his dog. For the first time, the stories of acclaimed writers such as Tom Brokaw, Howell Raines, Rick Bass, Sydney Lea, Jim Harrison, Tom McGuane, and Chris Camuto, come together in one collection. Hunters and non-hunters alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of owning dogs: companionship, triumph, joy, forgiveness, and loss. The hunter's outdoor spirit meets the writer's passion for detail in these honest, fresh pieces of storytelling. Here are the days spent on the trail, shotgun in hand with Fido on point--the thrills and memories that fill the hearts of bird hunters. Here is the perfect gift for dog lovers, hunters, and bibliophiles of every makeup. This is a delightful, handsome volume that captures the wild spirit of dogs and those who love them. Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bow hunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Let Me Be Frank With You

Let Me Be Frank With You

Author: Richard Ford Format: eBook Release Date: 04/11/2014

A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the celebrated fictional landscape that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank BascombeIn his trio of critically acclaimed, bestselling novelsThe Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/ Faulkner-winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the LandRichard Ford, in essence, illuminated the zeitgeist of an entire generation, through the divinings and wit of his now-famous literary chronicler, Frank Bascombe, who is certainly one of the most indelible, provocative, and anticipated characters in modern American literature.Here, in Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford returns with four deftly linked stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe. Now sixty-eight, and again ensconced in the well-defended New Jersey suburb of Haddam, Bascombe has thrivedseemingly if not utterlyin the aftermath of Hurricane Sandys devastation. As in all of the Bascombe books, Fords guiding spirit is the old comics maxim that promises if nothings funny, nothings truly serious. The desolation of Sandy, which rendered houses, shorelines, and countless lives unmoored and flattened, could scarcely be more serious as the grist for fiction. Yet it is the perfect backdrop and touchstone for Fordand Bascombe. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of American subjects: aging, race, loss, faith, marriage, redemption, the real-estate crashthe tumult of the world we live in.Through Bascombewry, profane, touching, wise, and often inappropriatewe engage in the aspirations and sorrows, longings, achievements, and failings of American life in the morning of the new century. With his trademark candor and brimming wit, Richard Ford brings Bascombe fully back, in all his imperfect glory, to say (often hilariously) what all of us are thinking but few will voice aloud.Whether youve been a Bascombe insider since The Sportswriter or are encountering Fords unforgettable inventions newly here, Let Me Be Frank With You is a moving, wondrous, extremely funny odyssey, showcasing the maturity and brilliance of a great writer working at the top of his talents.

Other Side of Suicide

Other Side of Suicide

Author: Richard Ford Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2014

The Other Side of Suicide is a virtual reality journey with those left behind; "e;the Survivors"e;. Those affected by suicide experience a tsunami of emotions; "e;Soul Trauma"e; of devastation, destruction, shock, horror and brokenness; lives forever altered and changed!Suicide knows no bounds. Every age, gender, race, creed, culture, and religion has been affected. Suicide, without regard for anyone, pulls people into a journey that none should have to travel. Every year tens of thousands of people find themselves in what can only be described as "e;hell on earth."e;The journey contained between these pages is painful and intense, yet compassionate. The journey you are about to take is designed to guide "e;the survivors"e; to the place of peace they so desperately seek. It's designed to alert and awaken those who have reached a place in life where they feel, "e;there is no way out,"e; that life is worth living no matter what!For those with a compassionate heart this journey will prepare them to be "e;agents of hope"e; and "e;vessels of mercy and grace."e; Equipped to reach out to those who cry in the darkness of hopelessness and the aftermath of suicide. Ready to bring hope and to be a part of healing the brokenhearted!The Other Side of Suicide is a journey that will forever change your life!

The Shattered Crown

The Shattered Crown

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Heroes must rise ...The King is dead. His daughter, untested and alone, now wears the Steel Crown. And a vast horde is steadily carving a bloody road south, hell-bent on razing Steelhaven to the ground ...or the city will fall Before the city faces the terror that approaches, it must crush the danger already lurking within its walls. But will the cost of victory be as devastating as that of defeat?

The Shattered Crown (Steelhaven: Book Two)

The Shattered Crown (Steelhaven: Book Two)

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/03/2014

Heroes must rise ... The King is dead. His daughter, untested and alone, now wears the Steel Crown. And a vast horde is steadily carving a bloody road south, hell-bent on razing Steelhaven to the ground ... or the city will fall Before the city faces the terror that approaches, it must crush the danger already lurking within its walls. But will the cost of victory be as devastating as that of defeat?

Herald of the Storm (Steelhaven: Book One)

Herald of the Storm (Steelhaven: Book One)

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2013

Welcome to Steelhaven... Under the reign of King Cael the Uniter, this vast cityport on the southern coast has for years been a symbol of strength, maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States. But now a long shadow hangs over the city, in the form of the dread Elharim warlord, Amon Tugha. When his herald infiltrates the city, looking to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld, and a terrible dark magick that has long been buried once again begins to rise, it could be the beginning of the end.

Canada

Canada

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later. It was more bad instincts and bad luck that lead to Dell Parsons' parents robbing a bank. They weren't reckless people, but in an instant, their actions alter fifteen-year-old Dell's sense of normal life forever. In the days that follow, he is saved before the authorities think to arrive. Driving across Montana, his life hurtles towards the unknown; a hotel in a deserted town, the violent and enigmatic Arthur Remlinger, and towards Canada itself. But, as Dell discovers, in this new world of secrets and upheaval, he is not the only one whose past lies on the other side of the border.

Canada

Canada

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/01/2013

First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later. It was more bad instincts and bad luck that lead to Dell Parsons' parents robbing a bank. They weren't reckless people, but in an instant, their actions alter fifteen-year-old Dell's sense of normal life forever. In the days that follow, he is saved before the authorities think to arrive. Driving across Montana, his life hurtles towards the unknown; a hotel in a deserted town, the violent and enigmatic Arthur Remlinger, and towards Canada itself. But, as Dell discovers, in this new world of secrets and upheaval, he is not the only one whose past lies on the other side of the border.

Bascombe Novels

Bascombe Novels

Author: Richard Ford Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2012

This trilogy of brilliant novels - The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land - that charts the life and times of one of the most beloved and enduring characters in modern fiction. When we meet Frank Bascombe in The Sportswriter, his unguarded voice instantly wins us over and pulls us into a life that has been irrevocably changed by the loss of a marriage, a career, a child. We then follow Frank, ever brilliantly and hilariously observant, through Independence Day and The Lay of the Land, witnessing his fortune's rise and his family's fragmentation and reintegration. With finely honed prose and an eye that captures the most subtle nuances of the human condition in all its pathos, humour, beauty and strangeness, Richard Ford transforms Frank Bascombe's life into a riveting moving parable of life in America today.

Canada

Canada

Author: Richard Ford Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2012

"e;First, Ill tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later.So beginsCanada, the unforgettable story of a boy attempting to find grace, written by the only writer in history to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award for a single novel. This is the story of Dell Parsons, whose parents rob a bank and fracture his life into a before and an after, crossing the threshold that cannot be uncrossed. After his parents arrest and imprisonment, Del and Berner, his twin sister, face a blank future of foster care and social services visits. Berner, willful and burning with anger, runs away orphaning Del completely. In the midst of his abandonment, a family friend intervenes, spiriting Del across the Montana/Saskatchewan border. There, in a dilapidated town floating in the sea of the Canadian prairie, hes taken in by Arthur Remlinger an enigmatic, charismatic man whose own past exists on the other side of a similarly uncrossable border.Undone by the calamity of his parents robbery, Del struggles under the vastness of the prairie sky and the stark, unforgiving landscape to realign his sense of self and his perception of the parents he thought he knew, even as he moves on an inexorable collision course with the slow-simmering violence trembling just beneath Arthur Remlingers cool reserve.A resonant and luminous masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision, CANADA is an elemental novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost, and of the mysterious and powerful bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose but rich with emotional clarity, lyrical precision, and an acute sense of the grandeur of living, it is a masterpiece from one of the greatest American writers alive.

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain, and Readers at Home Describing the Country and Cities, the Natives and their Manners

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain, and Readers at Home Describing the Country and Cities, the Natives and their Manners

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2011

Targeted at both intrepid travellers and 'readers at home', this two-volume account of Spanish history, topography and culture by Richard Ford (1796-1858) combines the rigour of a gazetteer with the humour and pace of a private travel diary. First published in 1845, as part of John Murray's series of guidebooks, the work made an immediate impact upon the reading public, and it was celebrated in the press as the 'most comprehensive and accurate account of that country' hitherto produced. Through a series of hand-picked routes, readers encounter an array of landscapes and experiences as varied as coastal Cadiz, lively Barcelona, bull fights, beggars and pig farming. Opening with a guide to the country, its currency, 'gesticulations' and 'slang', Volume 1 leads the reader from Andalucia to Granada and on to Catalonia. The result is an engaging account that will be of interest to modern tourists and historians alike.

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain, and Readers at Home Describing the Country and Cities, the Natives and their Manners

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain, and Readers at Home Describing the Country and Cities, the Natives and their Manners

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2011

Targeted at both intrepid travellers and 'readers at home', this two-volume account of Spanish history, topography and culture by Richard Ford (1796-1858) combines the rigour of a gazetteer with the humour and pace of a private travel diary. First published in 1845, as part of John Murray's series of guidebooks, the work made an immediate impact upon the reading public, and it was celebrated in the press as the 'most comprehensive and accurate account of that country' hitherto produced. Starting in the Kingdom of Leon, and again using a series of hand-picked routes, Volume 2 leads readers to the pilgrim shrine of Santiago de Compostela and through Galicia and the Basque provinces, introducing them to castles, universities, art collections and the 'inhospitality of Madrid'. The result is an engaging account that will be of interest to modern tourists and historians alike.

Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar Stories of Work

Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar Stories of Work

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Edited byRichard Ford and featuring stories by Russell Banks, Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff,Jhumpa Lahiri, JohnCheever, and many others, Blue Collar,White Collar, No Collar is a profound and groundbreaking anthologyexploring resonant themes of employment, service, and daily obligations asunique windows into our culture, our society, and our very humanity. With ashare of proceeds going to assist the literacynonprofit 826Michigan, this unforgettable collection of short fiction from manyof contemporary literature's most powerful authors limns the diverse meanings of work in American culture today, even as itlooks to the future of the American workforce and its capacity to succeedcreatively tomorrow.

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain,

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain,

Author: Richard Ford, John, S.J. Murray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2011

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain. Part II

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain. Part II

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2011

Hostas An Essential Guide

Hostas An Essential Guide

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2010

Hostas originated mainly in Japan and were not introduced to Britain until the nineteenth century. They were grown and collected in Europe and America for the next two hundred years, but it was their move into containers that boosted their popularity and with their vibrant foliage made them an exuberant feature of gardens in the last twenty years. With the expert knowledge of Richard Ford, a Chelsea gold-medal winning nurseyman, this practical book looks at all aspects of their care and cultivation and will inspire everyone to make the most of hostas in their garden.

Afield American Writers on Bird Dogs

Afield American Writers on Bird Dogs

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2010

This marvelous collection features stories from some of America's finest and most respected writers about every outdoorsman's favorite and most loyal hunting partner: his dog. For the first time, the stories of acclaimed writers such as Richard Ford, Tom Brokaw, Howell Raines, Rick Bass, Sydney Lea, Jim Harrison, Tom McGuane, Phil Caputo, and Chris Camuto, come together in one collection. Hunters and non-hunters alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of owning dogs: companionship, triumph, joy, forgiveness, and loss. The hunter's outdoor spirit meets the writer's passion for detail in these honest, fresh pieces of storytelling. Here are the days spent on the trail, shotgun in hand with Fido on point--the thrills and memories that fill the hearts of bird hunters. Here is the perfect gift for dog lovers, hunters, and bibliophiles of every makeup. This is a delightful, handsome volume that captures the wild spirit of dogs and those who love them.

The Bascombe Novels

The Bascombe Novels

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2009

A trilogy of brilliant novels-The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land-that charts the life and times of one of the most beloved and enduring characters in modern fiction.When we meet Frank Bascombe in The Sportswriter, his unguarded voice instantly wins us over and pulls us into a life that has been irrevocably changed-by the loss of a marriage, a career, a child. We then follow Frank, ever laconic and observant, through Independence Day and The Lay of the Land. In Haddam, summer floats over tree-softened streets like a sweet lotion balm from a careless, languorous god, and the world falls in tune with its own mysterious anthems. Shaded lawns lie still and damp in the early a.m. - Independence Day

The Spaniards and Their Country

The Spaniards and Their Country

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2009

The Spaniards and Their Country

The Spaniards and Their Country

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2009

New Beginnings Personal Training at Home

New Beginnings Personal Training at Home

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2008

The Granta Book of the American Short Story

The Granta Book of the American Short Story

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2008

Richard Ford, who is among the finest of American novelists and short story writers, edits and introduces this volume. First published by Granta in 1992, it became the definitive anthology of American short fiction written in the last half of the twentieth century - an 'exemplary choice' in the words of the Washington Post - with stories by writers such as Eudora Welty, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver (and forty others) demonstrating how much memorable power can lie in the briefest narration. Along with The Granta Book of the American Short Story: Volume 2 , this book constitutes an important reflection and judgment of recent American writing - as well as the superb pleasure yielded by the stories themselves.

Granta Book of the American Short Story Volume 2

Granta Book of the American Short Story Volume 2

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2008

Richard Ford, one of the finest American novelists and short story writers, introduced the first Granta Book of the American Short Story , which Granta published in 1992. It became the definitive anthology of American short fiction written in the last half of the twentieth century. In the fourteen years since, Ford has been reading new stories and re-reading old ones and selecting new favourites.This new collection, again of more than forty writers, expands Ford's original choice to include stories that he regretted overlooking first time around as well as many by a new generation of writers, among them Sherman Alexie, Junot Diaz, Deborah Eisenberg, Nell Freudenberg, Matt Klam, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Z.Z. Packer. None of the stories (though a few of the writers) was in the first volume. Published to critical acclaim in hardback in 2007, this book is an essential companion volume to the first collection. 'Ford's is the long view, seriously considered, full of nuance and detail and heritage' - ( The Times ).

Growing Up in Mississippi

Growing Up in Mississippi

Author: Richard Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2008

With contributions from Elizabeth Aydelott, Fred Banks, Jimmy Buffett, Edward Cohen, Maggie Wade Dixon, Ellen Douglas, W. Ralph Eubanks, Richard Ford, Gwendolyn Gong, Carolyn Haines, Lorian Hemingway, Samuel Jones, Robert Khayat, B. B. King, John Maxwell, Alberto Mora, Donald Peterson, Noel Polk, Jerry Rice, George Riggs, Robert St. John, Sid Salter, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Elizabeth Spencer, Clifton Taulbert, Keith Tonkel, Sela Ward, Wyatt Waters, Jim Weatherly, and William Winter Growing Up in Mississippi shares experiences and impressions from a multifaceted group representing all areas of the state and many professions, talents, and temperaments. Parents, teachers, churches, communities, landscape, and historical context profoundly influenced these men and women when they were young. In his revealing foreword, Richard Ford explores the very essence of influence and illustrates his conclusions by recalling an indelible incident between his mother and himself in the front yard of their home on Congress Street in Jackson, Mississippi. The volume then showcases poignant memories of other distinguished individuals: a governor and statesman, journalists, a news anchor, a playwright, novelists, memoirists, a publisher, a minister, educators and scholars, judges and lawyers, a test pilot and astronaut, a renowned watercolorist, a celebrated actress, and many more.Spanning more than five decades, these essays give us a glimpse of the people and places that nurtured these outstanding individuals and their remarkable gifts.

The Lay of the Land

The Lay of the Land

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/06/2007

It is fall, 2000 and Frank Bascombe has arrived at a state of optimistic pragmatism that he calls the Permanent Period of life. Epic mistakes have already been made, dreams downsized, and Frank reflects that now at least there are fewer opportunities left in life to get things wrong. But the tranquillity he anticipated is not to be. In fact, as Thanksgiving dinner with his children and first wife nears, the Permanent Period proves as full of possibility as life had ever been. In his third Frank Bascombe novel, Richard Ford contemplates the human character with wry precision. Graceful, expansive, filled with pathos but irresistibly funny, The Lay of the Land is a modern American masterpiece.

Lay of the Land

Lay of the Land

Author: Richard Ford Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2006

With The Sportswriter, in 1985, Richard Ford began a cycle of novels that ten years later after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award was hailed by The Times of London as an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the twentieth century itself.Frank Bascombes story resumes, in the fall of 2000, with the presidential election still hanging in the balance and Thanksgiving looming before him with all the perils of a post-nuclear family get-together. Hes now plying his trade as a realtor on the Jersey shore and contending with health, marital and familial issues that have his full attention: all the ways that life seems like life at age fifty-five strewn around me like poppies.Richard Fords first novel in over a decade: the funniest, most engaging (and explosive) book hes written, and a major literary event.From the Hardcover edition.

Wildlife

Wildlife

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2006

The setting is Great Falls, Montana, where the Rockies end and where, in 1960, the promise of good times seems as limitless as the sweep of the prairies beyond. This is where the Brinson family hopes to find a better life. Instead, sixteen-year-old Joe Brinson watches his parents discover the limits of their marriage and, at the same time, the unexpected depths of dignity and courage that remain even when love dies.

A Multitude of Sins

A Multitude of Sins

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2006

In each of these tales, master storyteller Richard Ford is drawn to the themes of intimacy, love, and their failures. An illicit visit to the Grand Canyon reveals a vastness even more profound; an exacting career woman celebrates Christmas with her adamantly post-nuclear family; a couple weekending in Maine try to recapture the ardour that has disappeared, both gradually and suddenly, from their lives; on a spring evening's drive, a young wife confesses to her husband the affair she had with the host of the dinner party they're about to join.

A Piece of My Heart

A Piece of My Heart

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2006

Robard Hewes has driven across the country in search of a woman named Buena who, twelve years ago, infused him with a feeling that has now turned into obsession. Sam Newel has travelled from Chicago seeking the missing piece of himself. They both find themselves on an uncharted hunting island in the Mississippi owned by an old man named Lamb. When these men converge on this strange land, each discovers the thing he's looking for yet triggers a conflagration of inevitable violence in this tense and brutal yet moving tale.

Rock Springs

Rock Springs

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2006

In these ten stories, Ford mines literary gold from the wind-scrubbed landscape of the American West - and from the guarded hopes and gnawing loneliness of the people who live there. A refugee from justice driving across Wyoming with his daughter, an unhappy girlfriend and a stolen Mercedes; a boy watching his family dissolve in a night of tragicomic violence; two men and a woman swapping hard-luck stories in a frontier bar as they try to sweeten their luck. Rock Springs is a masterpiece of taut narration, cleanly chiselled prose, and empathy so generous that it feels like a kind of grace.

The Ultimate Good Luck

The Ultimate Good Luck

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2006

In this novel of menace and eroticism, Richard Ford updates the tradition of Conrad for the age of cocaine smuggling. The setting is Oaxaca, Mexico, where Harry Quinn has come to free his girlfriend's brother, Sonny, from jail and furthermore get him away from the suavely sadistic drug dealer who suspects Sonny of having cheated him.

Women with Men

Women with Men

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2006

The landscape of Women with Men ranges from the northern plains of Montana to the streets of Paris and the suburbs of Chicago. The tragedies that stalk the characters are unfolded with an indelible wit and clarity. So merciless is Ford's lingering gaze upon human, mostly male, weakness, so understanding his eye for the unravelling threads of human love, that this collection of novellas seems only to broaden the reputation and the following of one of the outstanding writers of our time.

The Sportswriter

The Sportswriter

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2006

Frank Bascombe has a younger girlfriend and a job as a sportswriter. To many men of his age, thirty-eight, this would be a cause for optimism, yet Frank feels the pull of his inner despair and especially of his recent losses - his preferred career has ended, his wife has divorced him, and a tragic accident took his elder son. In the course of this Easter weekend, Frank will lose all the remnants of his familiar life, though he will emerge heroic with spirits soaring. This is a magnificent novel that propelled Richard Ford into the first rank of American writers.

Independence Day

Independence Day

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2006

Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an 'Existence Period' - selling real estate in New Jersey and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But, over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. Independence Day is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of extraordinary empathy and perception.

Granta Book of the American Long Story

Granta Book of the American Long Story

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/06/1999

This collection brings together 11 contemporary American writers. It includes long stories by Edwidge Danticat, Stanley Elkin, Ernest J. Gaines, Barry Hannah, Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick, Philip Roth, Jane Smiley, William Styron, Peter Taylor and Eudora Welty.

Good Raymond

Good Raymond

Author: Richard Ford Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/1999

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