Vale Dick Francis

I was very sad to wake to Monday morning with the news that former jockey and prolific writer of action thrillers Dick Francis has died at the age of 89. When I was growing up the library we used was run by a rather taciturn woman who didn’t really approve of mysteries but she did make an exception for Dick Francis so I was introduced to him at an early age and he has remained a sentimental favourite of mine. I’m confident I’m not alone because when I was younger and did a lot of backpacking and was always scrounging for novels in English to read I could always count on finding a Dick Francis novel even in the most far flung part of the world.

If you want to know a little more about Dick Francis I have featured him several times in my blog’s short life including a post with fun facts about Francis, a review of Silks which he wrote with his son and most recently as my contribution to the Crime Fiction Alphabet for the letter N.

Of course you can find out much more at his website.

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2 Responses to Vale Dick Francis

  1. Maxine says:

    Monday morning! Still early-ish Sunday evening here. Yes, I agree, I was introduced to Dick Francis relatively early and I loved his books. His decent, incorruptible heroes, the love of horses and racing (not an interest of mine, but his books made me interested) and the mysteries. A great combination. A sad loss.


  2. Well-put, Bernadette!! Thanks for this excllent post on Dick Francis. As Maxine says, this is a sad loss, and Dick Francis will be missed.


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