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Last updated: 30 april, 2010 - 14:31 GMT

Richard Ford

Richard Ford - copyright Robert Yager

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Harriett Gilbert and readers talk to Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Ford about his bestselling novel The Sportswriter.

Set in the fictional town of Haddam, New Jersey, the story takes place over Easter weekend 1983.

In the aftermath of his divorce and the death of his beloved son four years earlier, 38-year old everyman Frank Bascombe struggles to come to terms with failure and tries to find consolation in the arms of a new girlfriend.

But what he hoped would be an idyllic adventure ushering in a new era in his life turns into quite the opposite.

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