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mark w
Jul 3, 2000 at 22:12
Favorite: come to grief
Where can I buy the older Dick Francis Books in hardback?

Peggy Cameron
Jul 5, 2000 at 04:09
I have read almost all of Dick Francis' books,(many times over!) and I've enjoyed them just as much , every time I do! I'm Impatiently waiting for his next book, and I'll enjoy it,too! He has a neat manner of expressing the feelings of his charecters,and, he always writes in the 'first person".

Jul 6, 2000 at 15:57
Favorite: Longshot
I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves Dick Francis' writing. To everyone I meet, I "advertise" his books. I've turned several people on to his books. This is a great site, I'll be back....

Frank Timmons
Jul 6, 2000 at 20:00
Favorite: The Edge
I cannot stop reading. My mother-in-law gave me one book and now I must have them all. They are wonderful! I am even listening to one on tape in the car!

Jul 15, 2000 at 00:02
Favorite:so many, Reflex, Twice Shy
Every time I read a new book I am amazed at the diversity of the characters yet they still all connect to racing. I always look forward to seeing what the new hero does for a living and find myself learning so much from every book.

nora griswold
Jul 18, 2000 at 18:32
Favorite: each and every one of them!!!!
ah, dick, you are my salvation in times of stress!! your stories bring out the best memories i could ever have! i smell the hay and muck and horse sweat perfume while i read your novels! you are truely the BEST!!

Kevin Johnson
Jul 29, 2000 at 14:08
Favorite: Proof
I've only read two Dick Francis books thus far (Proof & Hot Money) but have become addicted. My best friend told me about him and now I can't set the books down. Nice site also!

John E. Gallagher
Aug 1, 2000 at 11:05
I am trying to find out if Tony Brittan, who reads the Dick Francis audio books is still living and if he is how can I write to him.I would appreciate any help that you can give me. Thank you.

Yoko Meguro
Aug 4, 2000 at 05:43
Favorite: Banker,Rat Race,and Kit!
Nice site!Hello,all DF fans.I have just read "Scond Wind".It was published last month in Japan.I read it slowly slowly...but finished. So I long for a new book!

Aug 10, 2000 at 01:49
Banker, Second Wind, and all the rest!!!!!
I started reading DF through Readers Digest Condensed Books about 15 years ago. Was first interrested because Francis is my maiden name. I love his writing style and have most of his books in my collection. I started collecting paper backs and am now replacing them all with HB. E-Bay is a good place to find his books.

Aug 30, 2000 at 10:49
Dick will be at Pearson tv studios, in London, to appear on the Open House with Gloria Hunniford show tomorrow (Thurs 31 August). If anyone out there would like to be part of the audience phone Gabby/Emma on 0207 691 6467/6534

Peter Savage
http:// Soon I hope
Sep 1, 2000 at 13:32
Favorite: The Edge + The Straight (my first Dick Francis books)
We lived in Bangor-on Dee, North Wales in the early 50's, so did Dick Francis but he was "only" something like ex-champion jockey, and I believe trainer (those were my youthful days). I now live in southern Germany (Ulm which is between Munich and Stuttgart) and have even managed to convince a couple of Germans of Dick Francis' talents as an author. keep up the good work

Carole O'Brien
Sep 1, 2000 at 22:33
Have all but one of his books - "A Jockey's Life", which I cannot seem to locate. My nephew found "The Sport of Queens" for me on the internet. Second favorite is "Smokescreen" which is the one which got me hooked on his novels. After that it would be impossible to say which were best!!

Joseph Ravick
Sep 2, 2000 at 14:36
Favorite:(today) Wild Horses
Wild Horses, my latest Dick Francis experience, is my favorite as of this moment given I finished it over breakfast this morning. The last page gave me 'goose bumps'.

Sep 9, 2000 at 18:20
Favorite: Kit Fielding's books & Decider
I have been introduced to Dick Francis'books when I was 15 (...about 20 years ago)by an english friend who lent me Reflex to help me with my english (I am french). Since then I have bought them all and await each year the release in paperback of his last book (as I live in Switzerland it comes in about Christmas). This year I could not wait and bought the last one in hard cover... I love his style, imagination and his description of horses. I wonder why no film has been made on one of his stories... If anybody has an answer or knows about films made please e-mail me. Thanks for your site.

Sep 11, 2000 at 23:45
Favorite: Hot Money
is there going to be a discussion held with Mr. Francis this year, similiar to what was done with his last book?

Sep 14, 2000 at 23:31

Hi, Annend. I just checked the current chat schedule at BN.com and DF isn't there. That's the only place I've known him to do an online chat. If I get any additional info, I'll let you know.

Tina, Denmark
Sep 16, 2000 at 19:39
Favorite: Come to grief - The danger
Nice to find other people, who enjoy reading Dick Francis novels. I started reading his books 15 years ago, because I´m a big horse fan. I have most of D.F´s books, friends in England have bought some of them for me, as I prefer reading them in English, instead of Danish translations. "My" first foal is called Dick Turpin, the next will be called......Yes! Dick Francis. Hope he can see the fun of it!

Yvette Banek
Sep 22, 2000 at 21:16
Favorite: to the hilt
I have read all of your books. I adore Sid Halley. What a complex man. Would love to see Alexander Kinloch in another book. Also would love to see Lee Morris from DECIDER in another story. What a dreadful wife he had. Please give him a happier fate.

Fay Hutchings
Oct 1, 2000 at 16:06
Favorite: Straight, Proof, Decider
As you can see I have a hard time deciding which book is my favorite! I reread all of them at LEAST once a year,the characters all seem like old friends. I'm a Reader Advisor for an NLS Talking Book Center, and the other employees always kid me about what I advise---"you want a romance;Dick Francis"--"you want a mystery;Dick Francis"--you want an adventure;Dick Francis"--"you want to learn something new;Dick Francis"!!!!! YOU get the idea! It's not far from the truth!!

Oct 2, 2000 at 11:35
Please help me if you can. My principal wants me to find the quote, "I'd rather confirm than command" from a Dick Francis book. She thinks it might have been said by the sister of a major character. She does not remember the title of the book, the story or where it takes place. The character made the statement about leadership and might have been named Noel. Thank you so much for any help you can provide!

Evelyn Downey
Oct 7, 2000 at 15:06
Favorite: Hot money
Every year for the last 10 years for my birthday my mother has brought me a hard back Dick Francis book and I have loved them, and read them all many times with great enjoyment.

Michael Mortimer
Oct 10, 2000 at 20:50
When I lived in Wallingford near Oxford and Dick and Mary lived at nearby Blewbury (Penny Chase) I was their Insurance Broker, looked after all the families insurances for many years and knew Dick and Mary well. Mary opened a little shop just round the corner from me. Once I got up in the middle of the night to produce a green card for Merrick, which Dick collected in his sports car, transferred to his plane and flew down to Dover where Merrick was waiting for it. Dick brought in to show me the draft of his first novel (in an exercise book)

Elaine Crookston
Oct 11, 2000 at 17:41
Favorite: Ha!
Impossible, I am madly in love with Mr. Francis. How could I possibly pick one book over another?

Diane Graebner
Oct 11, 2000 at 22:30
Favorite: Whip Hand
Only problem with Dick Francis? He doesn't write them fast enough! I look forward to each new DF book with great anticipation, and usually sit up all night reading!

Julia Surkova
Oct 16, 2000 at 03:35
Favorite: Nerve (out of what I read)
"Straight" was the very first book in English which happen to be in my hands eight years ago - by chance! I didn't know any word in English then and had to look in the dicionary for each and every! word. I still remember by heart the beginning of the novel until now. I fell in love with Dick Francis' books forever, and buy in Moscow whatever only I can find. Have a pleasure in reading! Big thanks to Mr. Francis - couldn never find a better teacher!

K. Taylor
Oct 22, 2000 at 18:23
Favorite: I can't decide!!!!
Dick Francis has a magnificent gift for writing these books. All of which so far have been exactly what I have been looking for. He manages to have a beautifully thought through plot to each and every one of his excellent books. I can't wait to finish the rest of them!!

Oct 22, 2000 at 20:14
I collect all his books..My very favorite author

Jesus Gurrero
Oct 29, 2000 at 06:29

Barbara Pollard
Oct 29, 2000 at 08:40
It's Bolt for now - it changes every time I reread another one.

Betty Fuchs
Oct 31, 2000 at 17:44
Favorite: Banker
It's really ridiculous to put down a favorite. They are ALL favorites. I can hardly wait for Fall each year to get the new Dick Francis and then I have to go into seclusion until the book is read....and then I read it again. There was even one which mentioned Santa Anita...I can't remember which but it's our favorite race track since we live right here in Arcadia, CA.

matthew francis
Nov 2, 2000 at 11:49
Favorite: Shattered
As one of the three grandsons of Dick Francis i would like to congratulate you on a fantastic website. I would like to take part in an on-line conversation group at a later date (nov. 6 is not good for me). I am pleased so many people enjoy the books i certainly do. Speak soon carry on reading them! matt

Nathan Kellogg
Nov 7, 2000 at 22:13
Favorite: Bolt
This is very cool! I had no idea how many people read DF's books. Great info too. Thanks, NJK

s heeth
Nov 15, 2000 at 12:09
Favorite: to the hilt
Remember the book about the man with lots of kids that inherited a race track & lived in a converted barn? I thought I had read a sequel to that book but I can't locate it. In this story his wife leaved him, with all the children but comes back after her boyfriend dumps her when she gets pregnent. Is there such a book? Or am I confusing several story lines together? Thanks Sue Heeth Houston TX


Nov 18, 2000 at 03:34

Hi, Sue! The book you're referring to is Decider and there isn't a sequel to it. The only main characters that have been repeated in books are Sid Halley (Odds Against, Whip Hand, Come to Grief) and Kit Fielding (Break In, Bolt).

Nov 25, 2000 at 05:23
Favorite:All of them
Hello! Just wanted to leave my prints here...and say Thank you for sharing your books with all of us! Wish you only the best for the future... Strega

Vanessa Minke-Martin
Nov 26, 2000 at 16:57
Favorite: Whip Hand, Bolt or Dead Cert
I think all the books are really good. I enjoyed looking at these Dick Francis websits that I found.

Vanessa Minke-Martin
Nov 26, 2000 at 16:58
Favorite: Whip Hand, Bolt or Dead Cert
I think all the books are really good. I enjoyed looking at these Dick Francis websits that I found.

Quentin Doran O'Reilly
Nov 28, 2000 at 13:26
Favorite: Bolt
One of the best authers in his field - but please never write anything like Rat Race again - awful!!!

Mick Parker
Nov 28, 2000 at 15:31
Favorite: Many probably Banker
I have been reading Dick Francis since the mid sixties and have recently been putting together a collection of his hardback books . I have still many to collect especially 1st editions , is there anyone out there to help me .

Karin Jonasson
Dec 1, 2000 at 08:29
Favorite: All of them
Can't pick out a favourite, I love them all, and hoping thereis more to come, a lot more!! Saw something in the paper about Shattered being the last one, not true I hope!

Clare McQuin
Dec 3, 2000 at 06:57
Favorite: Nerve or Dead Cert or For Kicks
Dick Francis & Dorothy Dunnett & Lois McMaster Bujold are the only authors I bother to buy in hardcover - I've more of Dick Francis! I re-read when nothing else seems interesting

Chris Vaughn
Dec 6, 2000 at 10:30
Favorite: Blood Sport
Send more information please, i am currently working on a very important report. This report will be published and viewed by many people. i would appretiate as much information as possible. Thank you!

mick parker
Dec 7, 2000 at 09:39
Favorite: All
How do I becme a member of the DF club and where can I get info on hardback editions of DF books ? Thanks Mick .

Dec 8, 2000 at 01:37
Favorite: I Love Them All (Well, "Reflex"...maybe)
I've been reading Dick Francis' books for so many years; I think he had ten or less published when I picked up my first one and was immediately hooked. My favorite quote, and I can't remember what book it's from, is the one about horses being a "foreign country that they allow us to visit from time to time." What I love about him the most is that his people really breathe, and you can't help but identify with them and feel what they are going through. Also like the well-researched "fringe" professions of some of his protagonists...the ones who aren't directly involved in horses or racing. The newest book, "Shatter" (Shattered?)is an outstanding example. Did not know that Mary had died..was terribly sorry to read that news. She was so important to his life and work from the beginning.

wil van krimpen
Dec 11, 2000 at 13:57
Favorite: to the hilt
I am a fan of the books of Dick Francis, the best thing that can happen to me is when I find a book of him that I do not know. Is there someone who can give me a list of the books of Dick Francis which are published in Holland.Thanks in advance, Wil van Krimpen

Dec 11, 2000 at 17:39
Favorite:the next book
I have all Dick Francis books except For Kicks amd Comeback. Enjoy every one, even after several readings Love the horse background, the mystery and the people in the books are ordinary folks.

Daryl Hudec
Dec 16, 2000 at 19:53
Favorite: Come to Grief
I just started reading Dick Francis books about 6 months ago. I am not that good at reading, but this website sure helps. I am glad that there are people who enjoy his books as mumch as I do.

Alexander Talbot
Dec 24, 2000 at 14:06
Favorite: nerve
Dick Francis is simply the best thriller writer in the world. Long may he continue!

Louise Fahey
Dec 24, 2000 at 17:29
All of them
A friend recommended I read Dick Francis books and that I start with the very first and read them in chronological order. What a treat! You're my favorite author!!!!!

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