The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Novelist Alex Michaelides (The Silent PatientThe Fury) joins Andy and John to discuss Ford Madox Ford’s classic novel The Good Soldier (1915), a tale of passion in which, owing to a narrator of almost comic unreliability, nothing can be taken for granted. It is a book that seems to change on every reading, both a kaleidoscopic psychological drama and ‘the saddest story I have ever heard’. During his lifetime ‘Fordie’ was, variously, a prolific author, a publisher of historical note, a notable polyamorist and a serial liar; we consider the extent to which the character of John Dowell inThe Good Soldier may be considered a self-portrait. This episode was recorded live on stage at Foyles, Charing Cross Road in London on the evening of 15th May 2024 and is the first date of a monthly residency.

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