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Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.

He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.

A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.

Acclaim for Dick Francis


“One of the most reliable mystery writers working today...Francis’s secret weapons are his protagonists. They are the kind of people you want for friends.”¾Detroit News and Free Press


“[Francis] has the uncanny ability to turn out simply plotted yet charmingly addictive mysteries.”—The Wall Street Journal


A rare and magical talent…who never writes the same story twice…Few writers have maintained such a high standard of excellence for as long as Dick Francis.”¾San Diego Union-Tribune


“Francis puts real people into real situations...He appeals to our brains as well as our emotions.”¾Virginia Pilot and Ledger-Star


“After writing dozens of thrillers, Dick Francis always retains a first-novel freshness.”¾Indianapolis Star


“He writes about the basic building blocks of life¾obligation, honor, love, courage, and pleasure. Those discussions come disguised in adventure novels so gripping that they cry out to be read in one gulp¾then quickly reread to savor the details skipped in the first gallop through the pages.”¾Houston Chronicle


“Dick Francis stands head and shoulders above the rest.”¾Ottawa Citizen


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