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Sheri Kellogg
Jan 1, 1998 at 20:40
Favorite: The current one!
I am sorry Mr. Francis is giving up his literary career after 10 lb. Penalty! When you find an author you like, you wish he/she would go on writing forever. Seeing as how he's been writing for 35 years, I guess he deserves a break!

Michal A. Valasek
Jan 1, 1998 at 22:07
Favorite: Break In, Bolt
I'm webmaster of official Czech Dick Francis pages. Real url is http://altair.ascs.muni.cz/francis, but use please http://www.cryogen.com/altair/francis/!

Jan Gabler
Jan 2, 1998 at 23:03
Favorite: 10lb Penalty
I thought 10lb Penalty was very subtly written. It was like fine cuisine.

Felix Francis
Jan 4, 1998 at 12:54
I am Dick Francis's son and manager and I have passed all your generous comments on to him during my Christmas visit to my parents. He has asked me to pass his thanks to you all.

Felix Francis
Jan 4, 1998 at 12:58
All Dick Francis fans will be pleased to hear that he has started work on a new publication. It will be a collection of short stories which together will be of full book length. To be published in September 1998.

Laura Greiwe Cowles
Jan 6, 1998 at 15:31
Favorite: Proof
Proof was my first, and is still my favorite although Come to Grief is a close second. One thing I have noticed among the many comments from around the world, DF fans love to re-read his books, over and over again. I confess that I do too. I have all his books in hardback or paperback. Thank you Felix, for the wonderful news from your father! We anxiously await the publication.

D.V. Smith
Jan 7, 1998 at 14:47
Favorite: Too many to list!
Enjoy all his books, also a fan of the old UK "Racing Game" TV program based on Sid Halley which used to appear on PBS.

Jon Waxman
Jan 7, 1998 at 22:42
Favorite: Probably Proof but that varies
See you on the 12th

Greg Smith
Jan 12, 1998 at 19:45
Favorite: I love them all!
I started reading Dick Francis about 15 years ago and I just his books.

C. Krueger
Jan 16, 1998 at 21:14
Favorite: all
Novice to internet but have most of Francis books. Just got 10 lbs penalty. Loved it. Hope he writes for another 50 years.

Jan 17, 1998 at 23:51
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Jan 20, 1998 at 20:45
Favorite: Break In
I'm anxious to join the discussions!

Cathi Besaw
Jan 21, 1998 at 20:11
Favorite: To The Hilt
Dick Francis gets better with each book. My prize possession is a Wild Horses authographed by the author along with a newspaper clipping showing Dick Francis signing the book for my husband.

kim steelman
Jan 21, 1998 at 23:16
I have been looking for a site with fans of Mr. Francis.

Katie McBride
Jan 24, 1998 at 13:22
Favorite: Odds Against/Whiphand

Jan 25, 1998 at 09:15
Favorite: Proof
This was the first book I read and I was hooked. I especially like the turning of events and the complexity of the main character. I also like the fact that it isn't cluttered with vulgar language and explicit sex. I would recommend it to my teenage children. My Dad has read all of Dick's books.

Jeffrey Stewart Heeter
Jan 26, 1998 at 16:06
This is the first Dick Francis book that I have had the pleasure to read. Where should I go from here. What is the chronological order of publication and is that the best order to read them?

Lyndsey Ingber
Jan 29, 1998 at 07:19
Favorite: Dead Cert
This website is absolutely amazing! Well done to whoever thought up the idea. I have been a Dick Francis fan for about 8 years now and I have read them all several times over. It is because of his books that I got interested in racing in the first place - I am now completely obsessed and anxiously await each new book.

Megan-Denice Caseley
Jan 29, 1998 at 18:50
Nice page, just cheaking it out as I am doing a report on Francis.

Kathleen Cherubini
Jan 29, 1998 at 21:38
I have read most of Mr. Francis's books, and enjoy them very much. If fact he has autography one. Please keep writing.

Jan 30, 1998 at 04:24
good reads

Jan 31, 1998 at 21:37
Favorite: 10 lb. penalty
Interesting play on politics within the horse racing realm.

Alexandra Baeza
Feb 1, 1998 at 07:57
Favorite: Wild Horses

Feb 1, 1998 at 18:25
Hi folks!!

Cricket Stone
Feb 4, 1998 at 14:39
Favorite:The Danger and all the rest!
I love his books so much that my father has a standing order to get me the new book every year for my birthday. It helps that the book comes out about the same time as my birthday and that Mr. Francis always comes to Middleburg for a book signing about then! I am also looking for hardback copies of some of the earlier books if anyone has any they would like to sell.

Karen Vecchio
Feb 5, 1998 at 10:45
Favorite: For Kicks
I've been a devoted fan for more than 20 years. I have all of your books and have read each at least twice, some more than a dozen times. You create a world in which ordinary people can do extraodinary things. When I read your books I enter that world. If I'm stressed or overtaxed, I read your books to come back to center. One of my goals in life is to tell you in person how important your books have been to me. This is the next best way. Thank-you, please keep it up for the next twenty years.

S Turner
Feb 6, 1998 at 11:55
Favorite: The Edge
I just discovered Dick Francis's books and I love them. I can't put them down!

Feb 14, 1998 at 12:53
Favorite: How could I possibly choose only one?!
I was a teenager faced with a long, boring afternoon and an unfamiliar bookcase when chance led me to pick up Knock Down. I left with that book surreptitiously under my arm and I've never looked back. I'm so glad that Mr. Dick Francis and his books are celebrated by his fans on the internet. Where oh where, though, is an address that this adoring fan can let him know just how much she enjoys his books?

Feb 14, 1998 at 15:35
Favorite: The Danger, Proof, Break In, whichever one I happen to be reading at the time. :)
You can write to Dick Francis care of his New York publisher: Dick Francis, Putnam Publishing Group, 200 Madison Avenue, New York City, NY 10016. When he writes back, we would all love to know what he says! Thanks!

Feb 14, 1998 at 22:46
Favorite: Come to Grief
I really enjoy his books. I started reading them about six months ago and have read many of them now.

Feb 19, 1998 at 16:28
Favorite: To the Hilt
I have everyone of Dick Francis' books, and have read them all at least 15 times. (I finish one and immediately start a new one) His characters are like family to me! I also find that I learn something new almost every time I re-read one of his books. I can't wait for a new one to come out!

Leonard Christopher
Feb 23, 1998 at 08:59
Favorite: all of them
I have been reading Dick Francis books since the very first was published years ago. I have enjoyed all of them and consider Dick Francis a wonderful author and a writer of beautiful english.

Robert Belenzon
Feb 27, 1998 at 04:34
Favorite: Whip Hand
I feel the top three mystery authors of all time are Dick Francis, Ed McBain and Bill Pronzini I have read all the book (except 10lb penalty) and I am currently getting all the ones that are on tape and rehearing them. He is the best.

Feb 27, 1998 at 07:12
Favorite: All the Sid Halley ones (Odds Against, Whip Hand and the other one, can't remember what it's called now though!)
I have almost all of the paperbacks that he has written, and I think every single one is brilliant, I really like the Sid Halley stories they're fantastic, I've just finished reading Come To Grief again, and its brilliant.

Odd Arne Svendsrud
Feb 27, 1998 at 17:35
Favorite: Rat Race (perhaps)
I am a Dick Francis-fan, and I think I have read all his novels, some of them translated into norwegian, but many in english. I have read all the books at least twice, some og them more.

Julie Valle
Feb 27, 1998 at 23:08
Favorite: all of them
Love to read his books. Have an addiction now to collecting them all!! Condtion is no concern!!!

Rose Alexander
Feb 28, 1998 at 00:50
Favorite: To the Hilt
I have read and enjoyed most all of Mr. Francis books. He has the great ability to grab ones interest from the first pages of his stories.It is only a master story teller that can do that. In todays world so many writers reley on sex and vulgar language to try to hold onto the readers attentions. How refreshing Mr. Francis is.

Feb 28, 1998 at 19:24
Favorite: I could never choose just one!
I was a teenager faced with a long, boring afternoon and an unfamiliar bookcase when by chance I picked up Knock down. I left with the book surreptitiously under my arm and I've never looked back. Dick Francis is a wonderful writer and it is so great to see him celebrated by his fans on the internet.

judy kingston
Mar 3, 1998 at 01:08
Favorite: dead cert
I found this book very interesting and enjoyable to read. I would like to know wether or not you are planning to publish any more books in the future? Well that is all i had to say I just wanted to say that I love all your work. thank you very much.

Mar 3, 1998 at 14:24
Dick Francis has written 36 books, starting with Dead Cert in 1962. Check out our books and information page for a list of all the titles.

Mar 4, 1998 at 19:59
Favorite: Dead Cert
I have been reading Df mysteries off and on for 35 years. My first was Dead Cert when I was in Jr. High.

Alvin M. Koch
Mar 9, 1998 at 00:32
Favorite: Straight...this week
It's hard to pick a favorite, it keeps changing as I reread them.

Georgia J Albert
Mar 9, 1998 at 20:45
Favorite: Very Hard to choose just one.
I have been a Dick Francis fan for 20 years or longer. I have all his books, the new one each year is my favorite Christmas present.

M. Gwardzinski
Mar 9, 1998 at 23:20
Favorite: Whatever book I just finished!
Thanks Dick Francis. Please, one more book?

Mary G
Mar 9, 1998 at 23:29
Favorite: Whatever book I just finished!
Having ridden jumpers and flat horses, I want to thank you Mr Francis for keeping my memories alive. (of my more earlier and reckless days) Please, could you write one more?

Jennifer Rahman
Mar 9, 1998 at 23:45
Favorite: Whip Hand
I really enjoy Mr. Francis' books. I'm glad I discovered them and I've even managed to hook my husband on them too!

laura santo
Mar 14, 1998 at 13:05
Favorite: Straight
Proof is also a favorite

Gina Francis
Mar 15, 1998 at 04:30
I'm not related but my last name really is Francis. I am unable to decide on a favorite but have read all but 10lb Penality more than once.

Natalie Bursch
Mar 16, 1998 at 16:27
Favorite: Longshot
Although I live on a ranch in Colorado, the books of Dick Francis speak to me. I ride horses for entirely different reason--working cows--but I enjoy reading about horse racing. Though his books I have learned alot about h.racing through the many different outlooks that his book brings. I also like very much like the men he protrays in his book--the unassuming strong very human male.

Jeff Simms
Mar 18, 1998 at 21:37
Favorite: RatRace
I enjoy Dick Francis novels quite a bit. Very entertaining. I wonder why more movies haven't been made of them. My only problem with them is they are too short.

Margaret Boksa
Mar 20, 1998 at 12:44
Favorite: Break In
He's the greatest!!

Renée Hankins
Mar 22, 1998 at 16:52
I believe in hard work. I have not always found it to be a quality I would endear. Time changed my perspective with this aspect of life. I enjoy the art of another's hard, persistent, and evolving labors. This sounds crass, as if to present a tone of enjoying another's pains of labor. Rather, I enjoy the time and efforts one puts into their craft, skill, trade, love that makes it appear so at ease with their lives. Mr. Francis is one who ranks in the field of literary works as one of a very few I hold with high regard. I have inclinations of great respect for two other authors' pursuit of style: Robert Heinlein and Ernest Hemmingway. Mr. Dick Francis sits among this personal choice of favored authors. I can say that I had little interest in who I read, merely picking up a book for time. I happened upon Driving Force as an unabridged tape recording and thought it worth a try. Had I taken the time to read the fly of its story being based upon horses, I would have left it on the shelf. Horses are an animal I hold with much respect and, until having read my first encounter with Mr. Francis' world of horses, I merely believed that faint level of respect was all I would ever need to know about them. Stories based upon those making a livelihood? No. Until the end of the cassette, I could not wait to go to the library for other books Mr. Francis might have written. I knew nothing of his contributions: literary nor in sport. Why do I find Mr. Francis' works intriguing? Down to earth, hard working characters, dialogue, the main protangonist having ethics of the sort that I consider rarely placed in characters I've encountered in fiction - and I enjoy this tremendously - clear, descriptives of places, people, action. Many a time we encounter a character that keeps us invigorated for the ride. Mr. Francis is the character that sparks his endeavors in his fictional works. Sorry that I am to have encountered him so late. Pleased that I am that he pursued the art of story telling from a life he knew and expanded. Respectfully, Renée Hankins

Megan E. Parker
Mar 23, 1998 at 11:58
Favorite: For Kicks
although I also liked To The Hilt very much indeed

King, Karen
Mar 24, 1998 at 21:20
Favorite:All of them.
I have been a fan of Dick Francis since I was in high school in the late 1960's. Horse crazy, everything I read had to do with horses. I had run out of anything new to read on horses and came across 2 of Mr. Francis' books. I was hooked from that time on. Several years ago, I wrote Mr. Francis to let him know how much I enjoyed his books and received a lovely reply from him. He can't write them fast enough for me.

Mar 26, 1998 at 04:38

I've been trying to answer an email sent to me last Friday asking about an email address for Dick Francis, but I keep getting the MAILER-DAEMON telling me it couldn't be sent. So I decided to post my answer here and maybe they will see it. --

An excerpt of a letter I received from Dick Francis in November says:

"I do not have Internet access and I have no wish to become connected. So no E-mail address! Sorry."

You can send him the old-fashioned type of mail, though. :) His address is:
Dick Francis
Putnam Publishing Group
200 Madison Avenue
New York City, NY 10016

When we he writes back, we would love to know what he says!

Ian Hermano
Apr 1, 1998 at 02:38
Favorite: Decider, Break-in, and all of his books
Dick Francis is a writer of real genius and great heart!

Nancy Word
Apr 1, 1998 at 21:09
Favorite: All
I think all of the Dick Francis books are great. Mystery, action and some romance along with terrific characters. Please keep writing.

Judith Barasha
Apr 2, 1998 at 12:38
I love all the Dick Francis books. It is really difficult to name a favorite. I'm sure I've read all of them at least twice except for the latest (10 lb Penalty). Thank you Mr. Francis for writing such wonderful stories. Your characters are terrific.

Apr 9, 1998 at 23:05
Favorite:All of the above
Dick Francis has kept me captive with his book for the past 30 plus year. I become gleeful when I see anew bout on the shelves. I really like his characters, especially the men....they are so bloody nice. Thanks Dick. judy

willem berkhout
Apr 14, 1998 at 15:52
Favorite: deceider
soooo easy to read once I bought his latest (Break in) at 10pm At home finished my other book at about 12.30am and thought "lett's see what it is about" As usual ,he had me in the first paragraph and couldn't stop till I was done at 7 am 99.9% of his books are like that


Apr 18, 1998 at 13:09
Favorite: All the books
I am Dick Francis's fan! Yes!! He is very good writer!!! Yes!! :)

Curtis Gatten
Apr 19, 1998 at 00:55
Favorite: The Edge
He's not Tolstoy, but he's a hell of a lot more fun to read!

Apr 19, 1998 at 19:30
Favorite: see comment (too many)
NERVE - for being my first (think I was 12) STRAIGHT & HOT MONEY - dead heat for being better than Psych 101 for human foibles. TO THE HILT - for showing that pride & determination haven't gone away

Apr 21, 1998 at 20:42
Favorite: Straight
Without a doubt, Dick Francis is probaly my favorite Writer. I own about one half of his many books and re-read them over & over - about every 6 mo's. or so! I am delighted to find this reading group and look forward to many discussions about his entertaining and informative books.

Lori A. Hammond
Apr 22, 1998 at 16:24
Favorite: Straight (so far...)
April's quote is great, as is the rest of this page!

Apr 23, 1998 at 23:41
Dick Francis is my favorite mystery writer. All of his books keep you intrigued. Enjoy!!!

Jane Marie A. Meum
Apr 24, 1998 at 06:56
Favorite: For Kicks
Norwegian fan, have been for years - and I have them all, in both English and Norw. - except the biographis which I can't get hold of.

May 4, 1998 at 11:24
Favorite: can not choose one

Tom Fox
May 4, 1998 at 13:57
Favorite: Whip Hand
Greatly enjoyed

May 5, 1998 at 19:31
Favorite: Proof (today!)
Like so many others I am a huge Dick Francis fan. I have all of his books and constantly read them over and over! His characters are so well defined, and I always learn something new, even on a re-read. I really enjoy the detail work that Mr. Francis does on his research. I constantly use him as a reference in every day life, because his books are so informative. Unfortunately for all other authors, if I find even a minor detail to be incorrect, I cannot read them again, if they don't measure up to Mr. Francis' level of research I don't have time for them! I hope he writes many many more books!

Alma Dewar
May 6, 1998 at 04:26
Favorite: All
It is really difficult to decide which book or character or setting one prefers. He has a marvelous talent for making one feel so familiar with everyone and every place. I have to slow myself down or I will have read them all too soon.

Suzanne Hester
May 7, 1998 at 05:20
Favorite: In the frame
Have them all, love them all !

Rose Harbin
May 10, 1998 at 02:35
Favorite: Reflex and all others equally
Had the pleasure of getting Mr. Francis to sign my program at Gulfstream Race Course one day LONG ago - what a thrill! Have ALL his books, most in hardback, but looking for some older ones to replace the paperbacks that I have now. Wish I could find Sport Of Queens with the pictures in hardback priced reasonably so I could buy it. Reread them all starting with Sport Of Queens to 10 Lb. Penalty (or latest one) each year. Wish it could go on forever!! Mr. Francis, you make life so much more enjoyable for so many.

Sandy Lynch
May 10, 1998 at 14:10
Favorite: All of them
I wish he would keep on writing forever. I so much enjoy reading his books and have read most of them more than once.

Edward Rudman
May 13, 1998 at 16:42
Favorite: Straight
Some of the worst moments in my life are when I realize that Dick Francis will be gone someday, and we'll have no new novel to look forward to.

May 21, 1998 at 01:48
Favorite: Every one!
Keep writing, please! Books and books!

Lynn Martz
May 28, 1998 at 10:12
Favorite: To The Hilt (I think)
Hot Money, Straight, Longshot !!! Probably the one I am reading at the time. They are all great! Please don't quit! Whenever I go trailriding in the Ozarks, I take A Francis book to read in my spare time.

Eric Buckel
May 29, 1998 at 22:20
Now that I know where this address is, I will probably be back to meet online

May 31, 1998 at 20:48

Jun 11, 1998 at 15:39
Favorite:Every book becomes a favorite
Perhaps I'm a bit odd in that I so savor a Dick Francis novel that a single book often takes me a month OR MORE to read! I savor each page like a rich truffle and don't want to eat it all at once. I take small portions before bed time, and then drift off to sleep with visions of horses and mystery.

Nancy Osbun
Jun 16, 1998 at 17:07
Favorite: Proof
What delightful stories, full of imagination, fun, intrigue, mystery, suspense, good common sense; without the violence and sex that some feel necessary for a sense of realism. I use his books in my jr. high lit classes, and the kids enjoy the stories. He's on my list of "watch for the latest" authors.

Stephanie Bogue
Jun 17, 1998 at 00:30
Favorite:To The Hilt & Break In
I'm a new df fan. I was introduced to him with Come To Grief. I fell in love with his unique style of writing. I've read about 10 of his many books and go into my local bookstores every week to get a new one. He is definitely one of the best writers I have ever read!!!!!!

Becki Haglund-Smith
Jun 19, 1998 at 05:19
I don't have one favorite as I love everything he has ever written. I just finished Knockdown, and I really like Jonah. I am very fond of the Kit Fielding stories also.

Meredith Mahler
Jun 21, 1998 at 19:26
Favorite: All of them!!!!
I enjoy everyone of his books and I have never been disappointed by one. I look forward to every new one coming out.

Edie M. Boudreau
Jun 21, 1998 at 22:20
Favorites: Decider, Wild Horses, and many more
I love all of Mr. Francis's books, and recommend him to all my friends and family. I hope he continues writing for many years..

Wendie Hayes
Jun 28, 1998 at 00:09
Favorite: In the Frame
What a superb storyteller. Awesome mysteries and always a gallant but human hero!

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