Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dick Francis, R. I. P.

BBC News - Author Dick Francis dies aged 89: "Writer Dick Francis, famous for his horse-racing based crime novels, has died aged 89, his family has said.

Francis, who wrote some 40 best-selling novels during his career, was also a champion jockey in the 1940s and 50s and the Queen Mother's jockey.

He first published his autobiography in 1957, and his first thriller, Dead Cert, followed five years later."

A favorite of mine for over 40 years.
Hat tip to Sarah Weinman.


James Reasoner said...

I haven't read everything by Francis, but I've really liked most of the ones I've read. He was a fine writer who will definitely be missed.

Randy Johnson said...

I haven't read any Francis in quite a few years, but I used to read them religiously. Don't know why I stopped, but maybe it's time to pick another up. Sad that it would take that though.

Jerry House said...

Sad news. I met him and his wife a number of years ago at a book signing; both were very gracious. I haven't read his latest books, but I devoured his earlier books like peanuts.

wv: matie (somewhat appropriate foir Valentine's Day)