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Remembering Dick Francis

First edition of Francis' autobiography

First edition of Francis' autobiography

Yesterday we lost a great sportsman and a great writer in Dick Francis. When a person can excel in their chosen profession and be one of the best in the world it is an amazing thing. Francis did this as the jockey for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, winning over 350 National Hunt races.

Even more amazing is the fact that after Francis retired from sport, he picked up the pen and proved even more successful as a writer. His first effort was an autobiography titled The Sport of Queens after which he went on to become one of the bestselling and most critically acclaimed crime writers of our time. Francis wrote dozens of international bestsellers (totally more than 60m sales worldwide) and won Edgar Awards in three consecutive decades; for Forfeit (1968), Whip Hand (1979), and Come to Grief (1995).

And this does not even touch his distinguished military career, what an amazing life. He will be missed greatly.

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One Response to “Remembering Dick Francis”

  1. My Mom started me reading Dick Francis and I think I’ve read almost everyone of his novels. She was a big Rex Stout, John Creasey and Dick Francis fan and I have followed in her footsteps! Sadly she also passed away in December but thanks to her I was introduced to some terrific mystery writers. Hopefully his son will continue with great novels.