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Judith Finley
Jan 6, 1999 at 14:05
Favorite: Most of them, can't pick just one!
My very favorite author. I have all his fiction books and am trying to get hardback copies of the ones I have only in paperback. Have read every book multiple times, some as many as 15 or 20 times! I only discovered him by accident, once when I had checked out about 15 books. I could faint when I think how close I came to returning that book unread!

Judith Finley
Jan 6, 1999 at 14:51
Favorite: How can I name just one?
I found Dick Francis quite by accident. When a college student, I lived for the day school was out so I could get back to reading my mysteries! I would go to the library and check out about 20 books, then shut myself away for several days while I gorged myself on them. I'd never read Dick Francis, didn't even know about him, but liked the sound of The Danger. However, I nearly returned it unread; but my husband had read it and said it was very good, so I read it myself - and became firmly hooked. When I think how close I came to sending that book back unread, I could faint! Since then I have purchased all of his books, and read every one multiple times, some as many as 15 or 20 times. Even though I could practically quote some of the books word-for-word, they never fail to grip me just as they did at first reading. I can hardly bear the thought of the day when I won't be able to hotfoot it to the nearest book store for his newest. Right now I am trying to replace some of my paperbacks (they just don't hold up, do they?) with hardbacks. I consider myself Dick Francis' #1 fan, but I am sure all of his fans feel the same way.

Jan 8, 1999 at 10:34
Favorite:Impossible to decide!
I have been reading DF for so long I don't remember not loving his books. I have all but two, most in paperback, a few hardbacks, some duplicates. Re-read them all the time. Usually twice a year. once I start one, when I finish it I pick up the next one. I am still trying to get my kids interested. 16 and 14 year old boys. Oneday, in fact my oldest son was the one who turned me on to this website. Great Kid!

Diane Carpenter
Jan 8, 1999 at 20:55
Question too difficult
I would love to contact this wonderful man to thank him for many happy hours with his great books. I am originally from Newmarket and his books both make me homesick and take me home.He is a craftsman in the truest sense - so if you ever read this - thanks Mr. Francis. Diane.

Françoise PAULY
Jan 9, 1999 at 12:19
Favorite: Bolt
All the Dick Francis books I've read have been delights for me. The style, the stories, the research, the details, the fights, the characters enchant me. My own -not so-secret ambition : write a novel half as entertaining and well-researched... And get other readers' feelings about Dick Francis's books. I would also like to know whether there have been any films made of his novels. Can anybody tell me ?

Kristin Crace
Jan 10, 1999 at 21:10
Favorite: Risk
I have been reading Dick Francis novels for years and I have yet to find one that I didn't love.

Rozemarijn Vos
Jan 13, 1999 at 17:23
Favorite: Risk
I would like to know which tittle is the favorite title of most people. Ik like all of his books, exept the book about Russia.

Debbie Saballos
Jan 13, 1999 at 21:14
Favorite: Every single one!!
I discovered Dick Francis' books about 10 years ago. I read all available to me at the time and each year waited anxiously for a new one to come out, got it and read it right away. They are my favorite books, and while I wait for a new one I go back and reread the others to keep me busy. I have a hardcover copy of almost all of them.

Marina Sinelnicova
Jan 15, 1999 at 16:49
The Danger, Rat Race, Hot Money
I love them all, though Sid Halley books are too much for me: I couldn't bear to finish Come to Grief.

Jan 16, 1999 at 09:55
Favorite: Break In
Before reading Dick Francis, I never thought too much about mysteries. But after reading Driving Force, I was hooked! We have a used book store in our town and I am there all the time to get more DF books. I just can't get enough!

James Webster
Jan 16, 1999 at 11:26
Favorite10-1b Penalty
He is a mature and sophisticated author


Jan 16, 1999 at 12:14
Favorite: sid halley's/proof/rat race
I really can't choose a fave, they are all so wonderful. A suggestion for those of us who've read all the df books; try Elizabeth george--she has excellent characters.

Darlene W.
Jan 16, 1999 at 13:05
Have read everything (except A Jockey's Life) at least twice. Dick Francis changed my perceptions of life. I read him like some people read Shakespeare and find myself often quoting him.

Nancy Dy Hirsch
Jan 17, 1999 at 04:34
Favorite: The very first one in 1980: Reflex.
Very glad I found u. Intend to visit a lot. Dick Francis is the very best. Have been collecting his books and now only three missing. As soon as the English version of my home page is ready, will add it to your list. Have a nice ride.

Geoff Smith
Jan 19, 1999 at 09:30
Favorite: Banker (so far)
I,ve enjoyed your books and learnt a lot about "jumps racing" and "jumps jockeys". Your knowledge of all facets of the industry is exceptional. Well done and keep up the good work! Geoff Smith Mt Nasura, Western Australia mtnasura@hotmail.com

S Scroggins
Jan 22, 1999 at 13:34
May I make reference to this web site, members.aol.com/dfbooks in a web site at my school discussing interest in mystery books of Dick Francis?

Jan 22, 1999 at 18:26
Favorite: The Edge
I got hooked onto DF from inheriting a few paperbacks from my mother. This lead to a desire to read all his books. He is such a desriptive writer, I find that certain books I cannot reread to soon, as some of the actions of the villians are indelibly etched in my mind. I'm not much impressed with the 2 movies I've seen made from DF books; not quite the same impact.

Jan 22, 1999 at 20:58
Definitely! We would feel honored to be mentioned on your web site. And send me the URL for your site and I'll add it to our links page. Thanks so much!

Jan 22, 1999 at 23:50
Favorite: Hot Money
Nice new look Nikki!!!

Jan 23, 1999 at 17:03
Favorite: Decider
Even though I chose DECIDER for my favorite book by Dick Francis I really love them all! I have read ALL of them more then once and I look forward to reading them again. I could run away with anyone of his heros.I would love to meet Mr and Mrs. Francis just to congratulate them on the wonderful job they have done on entertaining me and making me want to use my imagination

Patricia Kiefer Kelley
Jan 26, 1999 at 18:26
Favorite: Flying High
I couldn't put it down,my husband hates when I read all night. I've read all your books. I own them in paperback, hardback, and I'm fast on the draw with my library card.(My most prised possession.)Also watched the PBS series with Sid Halleck.(Hope spelling is correct.)You've meant alot to me . Thank-You!

Galen R. Peters
Jan 27, 1999 at 17:11
Favorite: Hot Money
It is very difficult to pick a favorite. I have reread all of his novels, save one. Have just reread Blood Sport and The Edge.

Tammy Green
Jan 28, 1999 at 10:52
Favorite(s): Whip Hand, To The Hilt, Odds Against, Come to Grief
Great to find a Dick Francis site on the net! If anyone knows where I might be able to get access to The Racing Game on video, please let me know!

Jan 30, 1999 at 16:32
Favorite: come to grief
I have started writing Dick Franics, and I do love them hope to here from other people that like Dick Franics

Susan Westergard
Jan 30, 1999 at 20:17
Favorite: The one being read currently!
It breaks my heart to think that maybe there won't be a new book each fall...I have not read another book that holds a candle to any Dick Francis book. The details are so subtle, which is why I find something new each time I re-read a book of his. Thankyou, Mr. Francis.

Jan 31, 1999 at 15:11
Well, there will be at least one more mystery. In a letter I received from DF a few months ago, he says, "I hope that you have enjoyed Field of Thirteen which was published in September. It is my first (and only) collection of short stories and quite a departure from my novels. I plan to write another novel for next year. After that I think I might take a rest! You never know!" So we can look forward to at least one more.

Amanda Coffin
Jan 31, 1999 at 21:21
Favorite: odds against
I really enjoyed reading about Francis' character Sid Halley. I was wondering if there was any more information on him or the book Odds Against?

Giovanni Elia
Feb 1, 1999 at 12:09
Reflex,Dead Cert
Understated, comical, romantic & lovingly written books that can change your life! Just the way I'd like to live my life!! Thank you Dick Francis!

Feb 2, 1999 at 07:57
I have a question on his book, 'Come to Grief' (1995) In the book, there is a passage; "Cheering a little he rocked round in a U-turn and set off for the return to Paddington Station where he assured me again that......" In this, what does 'rocked round in a U-turn' mean? Could anyone help me understand this?

Sally Palmer
Feb 2, 1999 at 20:36
Favorite: Love them all!
I have never been much of a horse person but a friend convinced me to try Mr. Francis' books. I'm so glad she did! I've learned so much about a huge assort- ment of subjects. And yes, I have a deeper appreciation for all things equine.

Brian T. Young
Feb 3, 1999 at 02:11
Favorite: longshot
It is hard to pick a favorite. I have read about six of Mr. Franci's books. Mainly on plane rides. I just bought slayride and am looking forward to your meeting on February 8th.

Carol Loftus
Feb 5, 1999 at 21:54
Favorite: HOT MONEY
Your'e the best!!!

James I.
Feb 6, 1999 at 13:45
Favorite: Dead Cert, Blood Sport
great site for a great author

Paul Karl
Feb 9, 1999 at 00:15
Favorite: Decider
I love all his books. Very easy reading and you want to read them cover to cover

Barbara Buhrer

Feb 11, 1999 at 13:34
Favorite: 10 lb Penalty
I find it difficult to name a favorite Dick Francis book. My favorite is usually the one I am rereading. He is a master in his genre and I hope he never stops writing. I can't wait for his next one.

Susan S.
Feb 12, 1999 at 23:20
Favorite: Everyone of them
Like one of your guests, I chanced upon Dick Francis' condensed novel in a Readers Digest compilation and and read Enquiry in early Jan 98 and every month I've read two or at least one of his books. I've even fervently introduced co-workers to his books and one of them has enjoyed his books. Wonderful. Amazing that he has so many fans all over the world!

E. Chapman
Feb 18, 1999 at 23:02
Favorite: Straight
I picked up "Hot Money" for 25 cents at the library book sale a few months ago and got hooked so I have read at least 20 of them over the last three months or so. Now I try to ration myself to one book per weekend - have bought them all now in second hand book stores. I do love the Sid Halley books. We used to live about 15 miles from Newmarket, went to the races quite often and also saw the horses being exercised on the "heath". So it feels like coming home when I read DF books. I wish him a long, long life so he can write some more for all of us to enjoy.

Feb 19, 1999 at 01:24
Favorite:All of Dick Fransic books
Dear Dick! I like read all of your books. I'm from Russian. My douter learns in English school and wants read your books in English. Pleasure, where in Internet I could find your misteries? I wish you wright many interesting books. Sergey.

Feb 21, 1999 at 23:24
All of them esp. Wild Horses
I am trying to make a collection of DF books but am having real trouble finding the last 8. Does anyone ever have any to swap?? I would love to hear from them.

Feb 23, 1999 at 17:24
Favorite: Decider
I just started reading Dick Francis, and Decder, I finished yesterday.It was my fifth. It was fantastic, as is this site. If anyone knows of any more sites, let me know.

Jessica Su
Feb 24, 1999 at 06:22
Favorite: BreakIn ,Bolt ,Dead Cert
It's great to find this site,I've being a DF fan for more than 10 years. Now I'm very happy to know there are people who like his book just the same. Wish I can join the group soon.

Suzanne Whitehouse
Feb 28, 1999 at 12:12
Favorite: High Stakes
One of the very best writers. Have read all of his books at least twice. Started collecting the hardback books and now have 26. Am still searching for the other 13.

Jean DeGrazia
Feb 28, 1999 at 20:58
Favorite: In the Frame
Actually, I like all his books, some of course, better than others. It's hard to pick a favorite. I will say I prefer the ones that are set in the actual horse business rather than other backgrounds, but practically anything he writes is good. I am not strong on short stories though.

Carl Eric Linn
Mar 3, 1999 at 09:03
Favorite: several
Like the stories, the people, the sympathetic heroes, and of course the horse-racing environment. Not so much the violence and torture.

Piers Casimir
Mar 5, 1999 at 03:58

Lenny & Debby Pacala
Mar 10, 1999 at 00:45
Favorite: Bolt
We have read nearly all of them. We have no other connection to British or any other style of horse racing. The man can tell a story!

Anne VanScoy
Mar 13, 1999 at 22:33
Favorite: Reflex
I've been reading Dick Francis' books for about 11 years. Inhaling them is more like it. Don't ever stop, Dick!

Mar 15, 1999 at 01:30
Favorite: RAT RAce
His English is superb

Paul Moore
Mar 15, 1999 at 14:25
Favorite: Proof
Does anyone know of an approximate release date for DF's next novel?

jenny formby
Mar 16, 1999 at 16:50
Favorite: bonecrack
my dad was a jockey and he used to ride with dick francis. I would like to contact him if anyone knows how.

Mar 22, 1999 at 20:34
Favorite: Reflex
Great, great stuff.

Mar 23, 1999 at 09:24
I just want to say that it is great that there is a web page for lovers of DF's books. Sid Halley is my absolute favorite hero, so if anyone meets a guy like him, send him my way. (Just kidding.) :c) Great work on the page!

barb lindsey
Mar 25, 1999 at 03:17
Favorite: all of them!
I've always wanted to meet dick grancis--one of my favourite authors, what a great author!

January H. Finley
Mar 26, 1999 at 14:42
Favorite: All
Every Dick Francis novel is such a unique experience, it would be impossible to select a favorite. I was introduced to his books this past November (1998), and have read 35 of them. I am addicted!

Lena Dahlberg
Mar 28, 1999 at 14:40
Favorite:All I read
They keep my english up to date

Lory Di Nardo
Apr 1, 1999 at 06:12
Favorite: whip hand
You are the best Dick Francis !!!!

Edie Boudreau
Apr 2, 1999 at 13:22
Favorite: Wild Horses
I'm an avid fan of Dick Francis, and have been since I read my first Francis' book. I am also a writer/producer, and my ultimate goal is to convince Mr. Francis that his books should be made into movies in the U.S., either on film or TV, preferably by me.

Linda Willcox
Apr 3, 1999 at 10:42
Favorite: Wild Horses
Sending this on behalf of my mum who is 'up to the hilt' in Dick Francis books - but who might 'come to grief' on the internet. This is my 'long shot' a 'driving force' into the net, so with 'flying finish' I'll send proof that I've enjoyed 'Wild Horses'!!

Apr 4, 1999 at 15:59
Favorite: all,Driving Force
Driving Force was terrific! Like so many of Dick Frances' stories, the action and mystery started in the first few pages. I am reading Field of Thirteen right now. In "Song For Mona" (which I read last night), I really was mad at that Joanie Vine. What a shocking ending!

Apr 4, 1999 at 16:08
All I can say is, I love his books- if he ever decides to do a story with harness racing, I CAN HELP!

Apr 4, 1999 at 21:59
Favorite: any
Great to find a place with up to date info, inc. a full list of titles.

Apr 4, 1999 at 22:51
Favorite: All
Just finished Blood Sport. Found two typos in it. (Dick, your editor has got to get a better proofreader!) But the story was good (as always.) This site has given me other titles to look for at my library. They beat watching the idiot box. And I love the idea that I might actually go to England on a tour of racetracks someday.

Jane Hobart
Apr 5, 1999 at 14:44
Favorite: Straight
Straight is really only one of five or so of my favorites; For Kicks, Flying Finish, To the Hilt, Banker. . .as I try to list them I want to add them all. I am so glad to know that others re-read Dick Francis' books! I also listen to them in the car, as I don't have to concentrate on them because I know them so well. I am endlessly grateful for these wonderful books, and sad that there may be no more but appreciative of the enormous effort it must take to write such graceful and evocative prose.

Adam Potgieter
Apr 6, 1999 at 11:44
Favorite: Come to Grief
This is some serious intelligent reading.

Di Nardo Lory
Apr 9, 1999 at 07:19
Favorite: whip hand
Dick Francis are the best author !

a Friend
Apr 10, 1999 at 19:52
Beware of Linda Corby!

Apr 11, 1999 at 10:47
Favorite: "HOT MONEY"
I have selected "HOT MONEY" as my favorite as it was the book that intruduced me to Mr. Francis. I saw him on a segment of, I believe, Good Morning America talking about his book. I received my Readers Digest Condensed Book that same day which featured "HOT MONEY" and after reading it, I was hooked!! I purchased all his previous books and every one since. When do we get the next one??

Apr 12, 1999 at 07:04
Great job!!

Janet E. Pettus
Apr 13, 1999 at 17:11
any of the Sid Halley stories
I love the character of Sid Halley. He's so sensitive yet manly!

Joy Casey
Apr 13, 1999 at 22:27
Favorite: To the Hilt
Something different in each book every time. Never boring. Always enjoyable. Always thought provoking. Dick Francis can write a good book without the use of continuous profanity and sex scenes. This is a dying art!!!

crystal drury
Apr 14, 1999 at 13:45
Favorite: hot money
I am an 11th grade student, and have enjoyed dick francis books since the 6th grade. My favorite book is hot money. I have been riding and showing horses for 14 years and am glad there are some great authors like him to bring out the beauty of the animal.

Apr 14, 1999 at 13:58
Favorite: Come to Grief
I love his books and want to write a screenplay of one, preferably Come to Grief. I think Sid Halley is the best but I like them all.

marcia ward
Apr 18, 1999 at 10:00
Favorite: reflex
all of his books are my favorites, but where are his book for the last two years, is he okay?

Apr 19, 1999 at 03:01
His 1997 book was 10 LB Penalty and then in 1998 he published a book of short stories, Field of Thirteen. We also hear that he is working on a new novel for this year. You can find information about 10 LB Penalty and Field of Thirteen on our books page. (http://members.aol.com/dfbooks/books.html)

Lucy Tucker
Apr 19, 1999 at 17:43
Favorite: odds against
will return latter.

Elisabeth Chipman
Apr 22, 1999 at 22:10
Favorite: Decider
I am thrilled to have discovered this site. I have been a Dick Francis fan for several years, and, besides my mother, I can never find anyone who shares my love for his stories. How wonderful to find you all!

Anne Steiner
Apr 26, 1999 at 13:47
Favorite: Reflex
I think the amazing thing about Dick Francis is that his books have so much in common--all mysteries, with racing involved somehow, written in first person, with a humble, resiliant hero--and yet remain endlessly interesting and distinct from one another. I started reading DF in jr. high, and continue to reread his books every few years or so. It's a tribute to his talent, too, that when I reread a book, even though I know what's going to happen, I still feel the same can't-put-the-book-down urgency as the first time I read it!

Alexandra da Costa
Apr 27, 1999 at 05:12
Favorite: Almost all of them!
Just came accross this guestbook. Had to put my bit: Love Mr. Francis' books. I just called B&N in NY - from Indonesia - to find out when the neext book is coming out. I can't wait - too serious an addiction...

Bonita Mallory
Apr 28, 1999 at 20:12
I tried to think of a favorite--too hard to choose. I've read all except Sport of Queens. I've read some 4-5 times. Started reading them when my husband was in the army and stationed in Germany and I worked in the army library. This was in 1972.

Marianne Harboe-Larsen
May 6, 1999 at 09:47
Favorite: Every single one
Greetings from a danish Dick Francis fan. I love all his books and have read them over and over again.

Di Nardo Lory
May 7, 1999 at 06:53
Favorite: Enquiry, Reflex
Dick Francis is the best !

sheila Keena
May 9, 1999 at 08:48
i started to read dick francis books 10 years ago by accident and since then my eldest son has learned to ride after he did the same.

Helle Bak Winther
May 9, 1999 at 13:41
Favorite: ALL !!!!!
hallo...denmark/copenhagen is calling !!! first thanks to my mother who introduced me to DF.. and then of course thanks to DF for writing the way he does !!! i really love them all...and have read them abt 25 times each.

Douglas Kennedy
May 13, 1999 at 00:13
Favorite: To the Hilt
I have read three of the Dick Francis books so far, love them all. I am building my collection of hardbacks with the help of ebay.com

May 14, 1999 at 20:43
Favorite: Whichever I'm currently reading.
I discovered Dick Francis quite by accident. His books had been a favorite of my mother's for some time, but I only recently picked one up for myself, and have been rather avid ever since. My first DF book was Forfeit. Thanks for a cool DF site. I look forward to each unread DF book still to come. Half the fun is finding ones I haven't read. Flea markets and book stores, and perhaps amazon. I still have a way to go.

Jim Eastwood
May 16, 1999 at 19:46
Favorite: all
In my opinion he has yet to write a bad novel. Can't get enough.

May 17, 1999 at 18:03
Favorite: Proof
Althuogh I haven't been coming to the meetings for quite a while because of work. i love the web page, and i try to keep up on what's happening. Long Live Dick Francis!!

Joan McKenzie
May 20, 1999 at 17:30
Favorite: To the Hilt
I love Alexander. I think Kit has to be a close second, but Alexander is still my favorite.

May 23, 1999 at 06:43
Favorite: Straight ! ( here it's called 'Eindspurt' , which means something like 'final sprint' )
Hi ! Great page, too bad no one was in that chat room, must be the time. I'll be back here later. Greetings Corien, Netherlands.

May 26, 1999 at 18:54
are there any of his reading groups in the new york city area i can join?

May 27, 1999 at 03:55
Hi, Mary! One of the great things about our reading group is that everything happens online, thus the location doesn't matter. We have members from all over the world. The main thing that keeps some people from participating is our meeting time. If you live in New York, our AOL meeting is at 10 PM your time and our Internet meeting is at 11 PM. Come chat with us! Our next discussion is on May 31 and our topic is DF heroes and the painful experiences they endure.

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