Dick Francis, A Memorial

Dick Francis, master story teller and horseracing crime writer, died on February 14th at the age of 89.

I remember reading novels by Dick Francis in my late teens and early 20s. They were fast paced with snappy dialog. I was always impressed by the author’s obvious love of horses. In a Francis novel, to kill a person — well that was murder. To kill a horse — that was diabolical!!!

Born in Wales in 1920, he began his career as a professional jockey in 1953 becoming Champion National Hunt Jockey in 1953-54. He rode in Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother’s colours in the Grand National of 1956.

After retiring from racing he began writing mysteries centered around horse racing and published 42 thrillers, topping best seller lists for more than 40 years. His worldwide sales were well over 60 million.

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