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Dick Francis

Dick Francis

(1920 – 2010)

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Dick Francis

Dick Francis
(1920 – 2010)

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Dick Francis

(1920 – 2010)
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This is a tribute dedicated to Dick Francis CBE. Born Richard Stanley Francis was a British horse racing crime writer and retired jockey.
Dick Francis was born in Lawrenny, south Wales, in October 1920, the son of a jockey and stable manager. He left school at 15 without any qualifications, with the intention of becoming a jockey and became a trainer in 1938. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force, piloting fighter and bomber aircraft, including the Spitfire and Hurricane. In 1945, he met his future wife, Mary Margaret Brenchley, whom he married in 1947; they had two sons. Dick Francis' wife died on 30 September 2000. Dick Francis died on 14th February 2010 at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman.
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/>After leaving the RAF in 1946 he became a celebrity in the world of British National Hunt racing. He won over 350 races, becoming champion jockey in the 1953–54 season.
From 1953 to 1957 he was jockey to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In 1957 he was forced to retire from racing as the result of a serious fall. His most famous moment as a jockey came while riding the Queen Mother's horse, Devon Loch, in the 1956 Grand National when the horse inexplicably fell when close to winning the race.
Dick Francis has written more than 40 international bestsellers and is widely acclaimed as one of the world's best thriller writers. His first book was his autobiography The Sport of Queens (1957) which
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led to him becoming the racing correspondent for the London Sunday Express, a position he held for 16 years. In 1962 he published his first thriller Dead Cert set in the world of racing. Subsequently he regularly produced a novel a year for the next 38 years, missing only 1998 (during which he published a short-story collection). Although all his books were set against a background of horse racing, his heroes held a variety of jobs from artist ( In the Frame and To the Hilt) to private investigator (Odds Against).
Dick Francis is the only three time recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Novel, winning for Forfeit in 1970, Whip Hand in 1981, and Come To Grief in 1996. Britain's
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Crime Writers Association awarded him its Gold Dagger Award for fiction in 1979 and the Cartier Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award in 1989. In 1996 he was given the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, the highest honour bestowed by the MWA. He was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000. In 2003 he was honoured by being awarded the Gumshoe Awards' Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award.
Many of Dick Francis' books are featured in volumes of Readers Digest Condensed Books.
Graham Lord's 1999 unauthorised biography Dick Francis: A Racing Life suggested his books had in fact been written by Dick Francis' wife Mary. By all accounts Mary did much of the research and editing of
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Dick Francis' later novels and stories and often worked collaboratively with her husband on each book's actual composition. After Mary's death in the year 2000 Dick Francis wrote no new works until Under Orders (a racing term for when the horses are at the start and subject to the starter's orders) released on 26th September 2006. His next two books – Dead Heat in 2007 and Silks in 2008 – were co-written by his son Felix.
Dick Francis' manager (and co-author on recent books) is his son Felix Francis who left his post as teacher of A-Level Physics at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire in order to work for his father and who was the inspiration behind a leading character in the novel Twice Shy. His
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other son Merrick, formerly a racehorse trainer, later ran his own horse transport business, thus inspiring the novel Driving Force.
This is an online memorial created in honour of Dick Francis and the enjoyment that he writing has given millions of people. May he rest in peace.
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Dick Francis

This is a tribute dedicated to Dick Francis CBE. Born Richard Stanley Francis was a British horse racing crime writer and retired jockey.
Dick Francis was born in Lawrenny, south Wales, in October 1920, the son of a jockey and stable manager. He left school at 15 without any qualifications, with the intention of becoming a jockey and became a trainer in 1938. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force, piloting fighter and bomber aircraft, including the Spitfire and Hurricane. In 1945, he met his future wife, Mary Margaret Brenchley, whom he married in 1947; they had two sons. Dick Francis' wife died on 30 September 2000. Dick Francis died on 14th February 2010 at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman.

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