Dick Francis
1920-2010
 

Dick Francis was born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. At an early age he set his heart on becoming a professional jockey. In 1938 his father set up his own stables and recruited his son to look after the horses. The war was a setback for his ambitions to become a jockey. He joined the RAF and he became a pilot, an experience he later used in some of his books. In 1947 he married Mary Brenchley. In 1948 he became a professional jockey. In 1954 he became Champion Jockey. He retired in 1957 and started to write for the Sunday Express until 1973. The first book he wrote was his autobiography, The Sport of Queens (1957). In 1962 his first crime novel was published. Now he is established as one of the great crime writers. His last four novels he wrote together with his son Felix Francis. Visit also this site.

 

                

Ian McShane as David Cleveland in Twice Shy

Titles and year of publication:
 
 1) Dead Cert  1962
 2) Nerve  1964
 3) For Kicks  1965
 4) Odds Against  1965
 5) Flying Finish  1966
 6) Blood Sport  1967
 7) Forfeit (Edgar Award)  1968
 8) Enquiry  1969
 9) Rat Race  1970
10) Bonecrack  1971
11) Smokescreen  1972
12) Slay Ride  1973
13) Knock Down  1974
14) High Stakes  1975
15) In the Frame  1976
16) Risk  1977
17) Trial Run  1978
18) Whip Hand (Gold Dagger Award, Edgar Award)  1979
19) Reflex  1980
20) Twice Shy  1981
21) Banker  1982
22) The Danger  1983
23) Proof  1984
24) Break In  1985
25) Bolt  1986
26) Hot Money  1987
27) The Edge  1988
28) Straight  1989
29) Longshot  1990
30) Comeback  1991
31) Driving Force  1992
32) Decider  1993
33) Wild Horses  1994
34) Come to Grief (Edgar Award)  1995
35) To the Hilt  1996
36) 10lb Penalty  1997
37) Field of Thirteen (short stories)  1998
38) Second Wind  1999
39) Shattered  2000
40) Under Orders  2006
41) Dead Heat (with Felix Francis)  2007
42) Silks (with Felix Francis)  2008
43) Even Money (with Felix Francis)  2009
44) Crossfire (with Felix Francis)  2010

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