Richard Ford, best known for novels such as 'The Sportswriter', 'Independence Day' and 'The Lay of the Land', is seen by many as America's greatest living writer. Back in 1992 he edited 'The Granta Book of the American Short Story' and now, all these years later, he has done it again with 'The New Granta Book of the American Short Story'. The collection features big guns like John Cheever, Eudora Welty and Raymond Carver, plus stories by a new generation of writers. Once again, Ford has managed not to include himself. He has however written an extensive introduction which tells us, among other things, why the accepted rules of short story writing do not necessarily apply to the ones he has chosen. 'The New Granta Book of the American Short Story' is published by Granta at €30.