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Eileen K
Jul 1, 1998 at 12:49
Nerve, my first read
I really love them all. As a teacher and lifelong lover of learning, I'm not only entertained by reading a Dick Francis book, but also educated with wonderful vocabulary, a variety of geographical settings and information on many occupations such as photography, wine-making, etc. What a TREAT!

Jim Coakley
Jul 2, 1998 at 18:51
I have enjoyed all of your books alot. I especially appreciate your research efforts for the subject matter of each of your books. I have been evolved in farming, cattle ranching and the beef business for most of my life. If you ever make it to Colorado stop by I'd like to get aquainted. My wife and my kids also enjoy your books. They good conversation. Best regard, Jim

Carla Hubbell
Jul 5, 1998 at 21:41
Favorite: all of them! couldn't possibly just pick one!
Am new to the internet, but in no way new to Dick Francis' books. Have everyone of them in paperback, and also about half of them in hardback, plus as many as I have been able to get ahold of in audio form. Dick Francis is my absolute favorite author and am delighted to have found this web site!

Jul 7, 1998 at 07:13
I wrote a letter to Dick Francis about 2 months ago and just received a reply. He has a collection of short stories; Field of Thirteen coming out in the fall, and plans a novel for 1999. He says he is taking a rest after that. Hopefully, for all of his fans this will not be his last book. I cannot imagine a year without a new Dick Francis book to read! What a thrill for me to get a letter back from my favorite author. Just wanted to pass along this info.

Jul 8, 1998 at 03:47
Thanks for signing our guestbook, Debbie! We knew about the book of short stories from DF's son, Felix Francis. He signed the guestbook in January and told us about it. I found out the title from my library's listings a month or so ago. They have it on order, so I'm on the waiting list. :) I sent the information to everyone on my mailing list, but didn't think to post it on the web page. So I'm glad you did! Also, we hadn't heard about the novel planned for 1999. So exciting! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Osbun
Jul 13, 1998 at 11:46
Favorite: Decider
I've long been a Dick Francis fan and an 8th grade literature teacher. So, this past year I combined the two. I took the kids to the library, and everyone checked out a Dick Francis book - whichever one they chose, it didn't matter. We spent two weeks reading . . . just reading, with me available to help them with things they didn't understand (notably British terms). I'd asked them to keep track of character traits of the hero, important plot developments, and to note the importance of horses AND of another subject. When all of this was finished, I split them into groups of five. Their assignment was threefold: tell about their own book; together find common characteristics of their books; concoct the outline of a "new" Dick Francis book. It was a marvelous venture for most of the kids, and an OK one for the rest. Of course, they enjoyed the action of the books, and they liked coming up with an idea of their own for a new book. Thanks to Dick Francis for providing this teacher with an opportunity to do this!

Jul 14, 1998 at 23:35
Favorite: WHIP HAND

banerjee, bhaskar
Jul 16, 1998 at 09:19
Favorite:twice shy, banker
DF books has the real values of a man. sometimes i feel as if i were the narrator. i also feel like writing novels under his name. i am sure there r others who like and respect him.

Steve McAninch
Jul 17, 1998 at 11:30
I am a relative newcomer to the works of Dick Francis. I look forward to reading more of his work.

Kari Aspeggen
Jul 22, 1998 at 06:36
Favorite: Banker
It´s beautiful. The best.

Linda Satterwhite
Jul 24, 1998 at 14:02
Favorite: Hot Money
I love his style of writing. He treats his female characters with respect, without a lot of unnecessary sex descriptions but is able to get the message across. He believes in HONOR. All in all, one of my very favorite authors.

Jul 26, 1998 at 12:09
Favorite: Whichever I've just finished reading!
I can't get enough of Dick Francis! I just started reading him w/i the past 5 years. Can you help me out with how and where to get some of the older books, especially hardcover editions? (I do have about 15 paperbacks.) I saw a 1 ed "Risk" at Powell's on the internet for $100.00, too rich for my blood! Is there any other way?

Jul 30, 1998 at 07:45
Favorite: Hot Money
Probably can't join in on Chat Group as we have a firewall that prevents such things. But I'm with ya and looking for a new book soon, I hope!

Paula Strehle
Jul 31, 1998 at 17:16
Favorite: To the Hilt
My favorite characters were Kit Fielding and his family from "Break In" and "Dead Bolt".

Weleman Angela
Jul 31, 1998 at 18:23
Favorite: Whip Hand, Hot Money, Slay Ride
Is their a fan club?

Haraldsson, Eiríkur
Aug 2, 1998 at 09:32
Favorite: STRAIGHT
I live in Iceland and I mainly read Dick Francis. He is a great author of suspence.

Rik S
Aug 3, 1998 at 18:24
Favorite: The Sid Hally
I was born and raised in England and was and still am a big racing fan.I find his books very entertaining aswell as accurate.

Mardel Milliron
Aug 6, 1998 at 19:49
Favorite: Sorry to dissapoint
There are just to many good ones to choose from!

Linda Kinkead
Aug 7, 1998 at 01:29
Favorite: Dead Cert
I have just become the mystery genre contributing editor at Suite 101. Please visit me, tell me what you think, what you would like to have me write about etc. Thanks, linda

debbie camire
Aug 11, 1998 at 18:05
I love the changes to the web site. You're doing a great job!

Maureen Minnie
Aug 14, 1998 at 20:45
Favorite: To the Hilt
I wish Dick Francis could write faster. I love all of his books. I read some of them over and over.

Aug 15, 1998 at 16:31
Looks like a great site! Thanks for the help with the BC Webring. =-)

Jan Pruatt
Aug 17, 1998 at 22:37
Just browsing and came across the webring & did a random request. I host the Pultiter Prize reading group and was looking for readers interested in reading PPW - that's Pulitzer Prize Winners - and thought I'd stop. So if anyone is interested, join us every other Sunday, Salon 3 at 4PM (ET). On Aug. 30 we'll be discussing Independence Day by Richard Ford. On September 13 and 27 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields is in the gate. Hope to see you there.

Aug 18, 1998 at 12:05
Favorite: All of them!!!
I am an avid reader of many authors, but Dick Frances and of course, Agatha C are my all time favorites.....thanks for the hours of great reading, intrigueing stories and fascinating insight into horses and the sport. Beth

Oded Avraham
Aug 23, 1998 at 16:49
Favorite: Odds Against
to Mr. francis i like to say that i like to read your books, all of them was very good. if it's possible i like to know if & when your next book will published. thank you oded A.

Karen Lanier
Aug 24, 1998 at 21:36
I've never found an author I like more. What am I going to do when I've read all there is?

Aug 25, 1998 at 01:15
Favorite: hot money
Great site Nikki!!!!! Now... if only I had some more time to read..... :-) or write... or sell a book.... or.....

Mike Romo/Penny Miller Romo
Aug 29, 1998 at 15:19
I am looking for copies of Dick Francis mysteries from the PBS "Mystery!" series. They ran on PBS in the early/mid 80's and had as their main character Sid Halley, the former jockey-turned-detective. Do you know of anyway of obtaining copies? I have contacted PBS and my local British imports store, to no avail.

steve webster
Sep 1, 1998 at 03:36
Favorite: bonecrack
being a retired jockey myself i find all dicks books facinating i have them all including a signed copy of DECIDER. Dick Francis is brilliant

Monica Karlberg
Sep 3, 1998 at 10:06
Favorite: Comeback
I've been a Dick Francis fan since 1984 when I was only 17, and I still am. He's the best!!!

Gilly Rosin
Sep 6, 1998 at 10:28
Favorite: Straight
Always hard to find a favotite. If you like Dick Francis, you like all of them... (well, at least most)

Yulian Stoinov
Sep 7, 1998 at 11:53
Favorite: Reflex
And doubleminded also about High stakes and In the frame. For me Africa back in 1977 as emotional expirience was the same as in the Smokescreen.

Miriam Schoon
Sep 8, 1998 at 07:05
Favorite: all of them
I just like the idear of there being more Dick Francis fans, and not just me and a friend of mine. Well, good luck with your site, and it looks fantastic...

L. Cull
Sep 8, 1998 at 13:44
Favorite: hard to say - they are all outdtanding
Count me in as one of the legands of Dick Francis fans.

Betty Barker
Sep 9, 1998 at 23:50
Favorite: Longbow
Have read, I think, every book Mr. Francis has written. My favorite -- Longbow -- although there are very few, if any, I disliked.

Vera Golubkova
Sep 12, 1998 at 21:37
thank U very much

Silvia Merrill
Sep 14, 1998 at 18:51
Favorite: To the Hilt
I like this one in particular, becuase it was the first novel I read that got me so interested in Dick Francis's mistery books. There is always something to learn from his main character. His characters are never complicated to the point that it becomes difficult to understand, and follow the story. I enjoy reading Mr. Francis's novels.

John Achor
Sep 14, 1998 at 21:56
Saw your post on the Mystery on Mondays BB. Francis isn't among my favorite authors, but he spins a good yarn. Check my web site and look for the "Authors" page to see who's been visiting our area in Phoenix. Hope to see you this p.m. (Mon. 9/14) at the online discussion Best John :-)>

Beth McMinn
Sep 14, 1998 at 23:06
Favorite: Whip Hand, Blood Sport, 10-lb Penalty
I love your website, and Mr. Francis' books. Thanx!

Jo Unwin
Sep 17, 1998 at 14:26
Love the books! Can't afford the hardbacks so can't wait for the paperback releases. I have just converted my husband who has read 10 DFs this year and has just collected a further 4.

Randy G. Church
Sep 18, 1998 at 18:15
Favorite: All of them
For several years now I have been trying to collect all of his books in hardback. Needless to say I have had difficulty finding his earlier books. If anyone has any ideas on where I might find them please let me know. Thanks. Randy Church Durham, NC

Sep 19, 1998 at 15:09
Favorite: ALL of them
Sorry, I can't decide, they're all great!!

Ahne Crawford-Ridley
Sep 20, 1998 at 09:56
Favorite: Hot Money/ To the Hilt
I have been an avid "Dick Francis" reader since 1984. I am a Canadian currently living in Caracas, Venezuela. My grandparents and a good deal of my relatives are British (Britstol areas) and we lived and worked in Great Britain about 7 years ago. I have always appreciated the way his 'main character' is self-effacing and oblivious to his own 'do the right thing' approach. Dick Francis carefully researches the profession of each character with great detail so that the reader learns something more than about horses... and I love horses. I am looking forward to his next book (I have not read his latest as I have not seen it in English here). I have always loved equestrian events so his books are a 'smashing' combination of horse. mystery, comedy and thoughtfulness!

Sep 22, 1998 at 04:18
Hey, Randy!
What a great goal! You might want to try registering with Advanced Book Exchange. It doesn't cost anything to register and they send you an email when they find a book you want. Bookstores from all over register to sell their books there, so it's like you are browsing in hundreds of bookstores all over the country. I've tried them out and it works great. That's how I got my copy of Sport of Queens. Best of luck!

Sep 22, 1998 at 04:20
Here's the link for Advanced Book Exchange.

Harvey Jones
Sep 25, 1998 at 14:05
Favorite: comeback
Difficult to pick a favorite......I have just about completed all of his books......it will be sad when I am.

Jaime Dudash
Sep 29, 1998 at 07:40
Favorite: Flying Finish
Dick Francis is truly an amazing writer. As I grew up on a horse farm, reading his books took on an extension of my own life. They are truly great mysteries and all readers of fictoin should give at least one of his over 30 books a try. They are all tremendous!

Sep 29, 1998 at 10:58
Favorite: Proof
My family are all addicted to Dick Francis novels. I'm not much into horses, but who needs to be? The books are exciting, intricate and very much like quicksand... just waiting to pull you in till you're inextricably caught! I can never wait to read the next one.. and all the ones I have so far I kneo so well, I feel lke the characters are friends (the good guys, that is!). Thanks for many many hours of thrilling anticipation, way into the night and hang the house work!

Lissa Arsenault
Oct 4, 1998 at 18:06
Favorite: For Kicks
My favorite is For Kicks because of the "day in the life of a stable lad" aspect (with him pretending to not be a trainer of course), I like that scenario best. I have read all of his books and tried reading books by other authors with similar stuff,but they don't cut it. Only Dick Francis has what it takes to make me keep reading!

Diana Gardner
Oct 5, 1998 at 04:46
Favorite: Driving Force
I love all the Dick Francis novels I've read so far. 'Driving Force' is my favourite because it was the first I read, and got me hooked immediately.

Anna Chantry
Oct 9, 1998 at 16:54
Favorite: For Kicks
I love the books. All of them. My sister and I have read them numerous times over!

Fran Mitchell
Oct 9, 1998 at 17:45
Favorite: Proof
My favorite mystery author. His research of his subject(s) is excellent and his writing grabs and holds.

martin j kentosh
Oct 10, 1998 at 15:56
favortie at the moment BOLT
I just started reading d.f. in my fifties,

John Templeton Smith
Oct 11, 1998 at 16:43
One of a small handful of writers who started me on my thriller writing career.Dick's early works were, in my opinion, quite magical.

Bev and Ian Johnstone
Oct 12, 1998 at 04:24
Favorite: The one I'm currently reading
I have been reading Dick Francis books for years and for the past 10 years, the latest one has become an annual Christmas gift for my son who is also a BIG fan. I have just finished re-reading them all and what a delightful re-read they were!

Alycia Reynolds
Oct 14, 1998 at 15:40
Favorite: The Nerve
I have just recently discovered Dick Francis because i had to do a research paper on a famous author and i had heard about him and about all his books. I am currently reading The Sport of Queens and find his life very intresting i hope to read many more of his books and i know i'll be able to because my dad has everyone he has ever published.

george duffield
Oct 16, 1998 at 14:44
Favorite: the edge - hot money
its hard to say only one favorite dick francis book - i've enjoyed all of them

Kajsa Ĺkesson
Oct 17, 1998 at 12:39
Favorite: Stright
Hi there! I,m a 33 year old preschoolteacher from Sweden. Right now I'm working on a project about Dick Francis. I would like to know if he ever has been intrested in society problems. Please write me as soon as possible! Lots of thanks from a former exchange student in Yukon Oklahoma.

Oct 19, 1998 at 11:40
Favorite: all of them..every single one
They're a gift. I love them all. Thank you.

Sue Martin
Oct 21, 1998 at 02:48
I love all his books. They have provided me many hours of reading pleasure. Nothing like a new Dick Francis book to to make the day brighter.

Debbie Raskob
Oct 21, 1998 at 14:44
I just fininshed reading A Field of Thirteen. I thought it was okay. I am so use to the great character development of DF's books, that i found short stories a little lacking. The stories are okay, I just want more! I wouldn't miss having it in my collection, and maybe when I re-read I'll enjoy it more. I am just hoping that he writes another full length book for next year. DF withdrawal is a terrible thing!

Oct 22, 1998 at 17:35
I collwect anything associated with Dick, especially proof copies of his UK books.

Nilesh & Rucha Ambikar
Oct 25, 1998 at 12:14
Favorite: All
Every single book is a treat. We are ardent fans of Dick Francis. What we love is the way he pays attention to each & every character & evolves it. The subtelties in relationships of the characters are absolutely amazing.

Bob Brimble

Oct 27, 1998 at 20:17
Favorite: The Edge
I can't wait for the next Dick Francis book to come out. I would love I he would write a book just about harness racing!

Tracy Newport
Nov 4, 1998 at 05:34
Favorite: Longshot
I have all but the last two DF books, and when I read one, I just can't stop there, I have to read them all. I have read my copies several times each, and I'll be reading them many times more!

Nov 5, 1998 at 14:36
too many to mention
Any one out there who wants to swap first editions - I've got doubles of some and gaps to fill?

Nov 5, 1998 at 14:44
Just to say I'm in UK - so my firsts and Michael Joseph not Putnam'

Meg E. Dobson
Nov 7, 1998 at 09:49
Favorite: Too many to mention
I work in the insurance field and I do enjoy when he brings in the insurance suits. As well as Sid of course. I've really enjoyed the hard work someone did to put together the Web Page! Thank you! Anyone like to get a tour group together to tour England and visit the sites mentioned in the book? Happy reading all.

Nov 11, 1998 at 00:38
Cool site, keep it up!! :0) ~Leanne~

Netty whyte
Nov 11, 1998 at 11:24
Favorite: Enquiry
It's simply the best. I love it. Dick Francis is one of my favourite novelist. I seldom read and therfore I listen to the spoken word cassettes avaliable from the local library usally read by Tony Brittion. Even though I have heard them all a thousand times I never get tired of them because they are such good stories. Thankyou for all the enjoyment that I have recieved from listening to your books.

Nov 13, 1998 at 08:53
Favorite: Proof
Proof is the first book of Dick Francis I read. What is the next I should try ?

Don Kneisley
Nov 13, 1998 at 19:38
Favorite: Straight
Picking a favorite is not easy. He is consistent and interesting. A big relief from the glut of "slashers" and "body counts" that turn me off.

Sari Santala
Nov 16, 1998 at 15:51
thank you for great books you´ve written

Laura Juhlin
Nov 18, 1998 at 17:39
Favorite: Hot Money
I love all your books that I've read so far! It's hard to choose a favorite, though, because they are all so unusual and the characters are so different from one another. Right now, I'm reading Twice Shy. Please keep writing them.

Jim H. White
Nov 19, 1998 at 20:05
Favorite: sorry, cannot say which one,since I love them all. A really fanatical fan am I
I have read all of his books except the biographies and I am rebuilding a complete collection, many of which were lost in a basement flood. My 'ex' threw them on the floor and the rains came in.

alta roux
Nov 25, 1998 at 12:46
Favorite: reflex
actually loves all his books -has re-read most of them!

James Rood
Nov 30, 1998 at 17:22
Favorite: Straight
Dick Francis is great. So is P.D. James

Nov 30, 1998 at 22:03
Favorite: To The Hilt
Are you chatting?

Dec 5, 1998 at 07:33
Like many others I have enjoyed all his books and look forward to each new one

Sarah Norman
Dec 7, 1998 at 07:11
Favorite: all of them!
His books get better and better. Once I pick one up I am hooked. It is not unknown for me to pick a book up and not move till i have read the final page. Dick Francis is a literary genius!! Long may he continue to write.

bill buckland
Dec 8, 1998 at 21:35
Favorite:to the hilt because i bought it in england
I like all of his books. Am now reading thirteen horses.

Bill Buckland
Dec 8, 1998 at 21:48
Correction on last post. Am reading DF new book Field of Thirteen not thirteen horses

Dec 10, 1998 at 19:46
Favorite: Nerve
That last question was probably the hardest thing for me to answer in at least a year!!!! I love Dick Francis' books!!!!!!!!!!! and love to discuss them with friends!!!!

M Parnell
Dec 13, 1998 at 13:59
Hi Im new to the Web,but am a long term Dick Francis Fan!!

Laura Juhlin
Dec 16, 1998 at 16:39
Favorite: all,
I love them all! I work with harness racers-you should maybe write a book about them, or about the track chaplaincy! Keep writing.

Anna Dalén Nygren
Dec 20, 1998 at 13:40
Favorite: To the hilt
I'm so happy to have read just three of Dick Francis books and to have so many of them remaining!

Ingvar Collin
Dec 20, 1998 at 15:00
Favorite: Reflex
The story did involve photo and racing, which I do enjoy.

Dec 22, 1998 at 21:36
Favorite: Too many to choose from!!! Love Sid.
I really didn't think I would find anything on Dick Francis! Great job, guys!!!

Lene Lind
Dec 23, 1998 at 15:17
Favorite: Bolt
I like very much to read Dick Francis. My husband, who is blind, listen to Dick Francis' audio book

Bill Oke
Dec 24, 1998 at 23:52
Driving Force
By far the most interesting and fun books to read. I hope that Mr. Francis continues his fantastic stories for years to come.

Dec 25, 1998 at 18:17
Did DF not write a book this year? I was looking for it for Christmas, as usual but there doesn't appear to be one. Is he well? Is there a new book coming? If so, do you know when?

Dec 25, 1998 at 23:08
His new book this year is called "Field of Thirteen." It's a compilation of short stories written by DF, some have been published before in magazines and various other places. Some (about half) are new. Check out our links page for some Field of Thirteen links. I'll add it soon to the book list page, too.

Rick Maus
Dec 27, 1998 at 13:07
Favorite: Decider
I have read 5 or 6 of your books and am looking forward to more.

Henry Gordon Sheasby
Dec 27, 1998 at 22:58
Favorite: any and all
I love the way he cptures the so intangible and yet real bond which exists between horse and rider; the way he experiences real life in understating the extremes and the way he manages to portray a level of simplicity and yet a complexity in his characters and perhaps more importantly in their beliefs, stregths and weaknesses.

Marcia Kipp
Dec 29, 1998 at 01:26
Favorite: Come to Grief
I am happy to have found this site. I can't wait to chat! Best Regards, Marcia Kipp

Dec 30, 1998 at 11:47

Geri Lyn Eicher
Dec 30, 1998 at 14:38
Favorite: Proof
It's nearly impossible to pick a favorite since I've loved all his books. I only wish he could write faster!

Dec 31, 1998 at 13:14
Great page!

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