FORD, Richard. The Sportswriter. London: Collins Harvill, 1986.
8vo. Original cloth and dustwrapper; pp. 381; occasional spotting to edges, very good. Provenance: title page inscribed by the author "This book is for Brough Scott/ Sportswriter of the Year./ with very best wishes/ Richard Ford/ August 29 1986". Brough Scott is a widely revered author and broadcaster on horse racing, and it is only right that this great book about a sportswriter should be presented to a great sportswriter.
First UK edition. This was Ford's first book to be published outside the United States and is the first in his trilogy of novels about Frank Bascombe, the eponymous sports journalist whose struggles with family, sex and grief manage to be simultaneously tragic and extremely funny.