Richard Beard

In this episode we speak to writer Richard Beard.

Richard’s six novels include Lazarus is DeadDry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, and he is the author of five works of narrative non-fiction. His memoir The Day That Went Missing won the 2018 PEN Ackerley Award for literary autobiography and in the US was a National Book Critics Circle finalist. His latest memoir/polemic is Sad Little Men.

Subjects covered include: tricking yourself into starting a writing project, how Richard’s approach has changed over the course of nearly a dozen books (is 11 ‘a writer’s dozen?’), youthful experimentation with squared paper, and knowing if the proportions of a novel feel right at the end of the first draft.

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