Category Archives: Dick Francis

Books of the month: March 2015

Pick of the month Both the quality and quantity of my reading slipped a bit during March, primarily for workload reasons. That pesky day job really does get in the way of a good hobby. Still difficult to pick a … Continue reading

Posted in Anne Buist (Aus), books of the month, Dick Francis, Eva Dolan, Harry Bingham, Katherine Howell (Aus), Philippe Georget, Robert Gott (Aus), Ruth Rendell | 15 Comments

Book vs Adaptation: Twice Shy by Dick Francis

The book TWICE SHY is the 20th of Francis’ novels and was published in 1981. Following what was by then a tried and true formula it is a fast-paced story of decent chaps up against unscrupulous ones and, as always, … Continue reading

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Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt

There are many authors who hit on a successful or popular idea for a novel and, more or less, repeat the winning formula with each new publication. There are far fewer authors who can do this without displaying some level … Continue reading

Posted in Dick Francis, Elly Griffiths, Julie Hyzy, musings | 23 Comments


Knowing I was heading into a period of very limited internet access combined with little time for ‘proper’ reading I wanted to load my iPod nano with audio books to keep me company while I packed, moved and lived amongst … Continue reading

Posted in Ann Cleeves, Anthony Trollope, Dick Francis, Mo Hayder, N.J. Cooper | 13 Comments

February didn’t make me shiver

One of my goals when starting this blog was to prompt me to write something about every book I read in the hope that I would remember them more clearly (I choose to believe my failing memory is due to … Continue reading

Posted in Charles Todd, Christos Tsiolkas (Aus), Dick Francis, Helene Tursten, M.J. McGrath, mini review | 19 Comments

I’ve (virtually) climbed Mount Logan

I’m prepared to accept that reading 13 books is not quite as rigorous a challenge as climbing the highest mountain in Canada, and I’m sure it was a lot more fun but the stages of the Canadian Book Challenge #4 … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, Catherine Hunter, Dick Francis, Gail Bowen, Giles Blunt, Inger Ash Wolfe, list, Louise Penny, Margaret Atwood, Mary Jane Maffini, memes and challenges, Michael Van Rooy, Robin Spano, Stef Penney, Vicki Delany, William Deverell | 6 Comments

A melancholy end

I don’t have hard data to back this up but as you don’t have any way to contradict me I’ll boldly make the claim that Francis’ books have collectively provided me more hours of reading enjoyment than those of any … Continue reading

Posted in Dick Francis, musings | 5 Comments

Review: The Edge by Dick Francis

I know Francis wasn’t Canadian but I am including this book as the 10th in my Canadian Book Challenge because it is not only set there but celebrates the natural beauty of the country via its depiction of a great train journey … Continue reading

Posted in book review, Canada, Canadian Book Challenge #4, 2010-11, Dick Francis | 4 Comments

Comfort Reading Times Three

Over the past couple of weeks my mind has been more than usually occupied by family matters and my reading time shrank to almost nothing on some days. But reading has always been my way preferred way of escaping for … Continue reading

Posted in Dick Francis, M C Beaton, mini review, P D James | 11 Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in author spotlight, Dick Francis | 2 Comments