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Jan 7, 2002 at 04:26
Whip Hand
Great web site. Just wish I could get hold of 'The Racing Game' on video - it's long been deleted here in the UK. I can remember seeing it when it was on TV in 1979 & got hooked on Dick Francis books since then, especially the Sid Halley trio. I'm really surprised more of his books haven't been adapted for TV/film.

Helen Buchanan
Jan 8, 2002 at 19:45
Favorite: Flying Finish
My favourite DF is Flying Finish, the only one of his books that I've read twice, both times in one day (unusual for me). Honourable mention would have to go to Nerve, the first of his books that I read when a friend loaned it to me in 1983. I've read every book he's written since then. I'm another one of his fans that usually gets a new DF every Christmas and I've very much missed mine this year. I realize that the death of Mary Francis must have been the reason for no book this year. I understand she did a lot of research for him when he was writing his books. I was very saddened to hear about her death, and I wish him all the best in his time of grief. I have heard that Mr. Francis may be laying down the pen and retiring from writing, and I certainly hope this is not true. Does anyone out there know for sure what the answer to this question is? If he does feel it's time to retire, I just want to take this opportunity to thank him for all the years of enjoyment he's given us all!

Jan 14, 2002 at 17:14
Favorite: Longshot
I haven't seen a book from DF since Shattered. He usually produces one a year. Am I missing something?

Chelsie Bleakley
Jan 16, 2002 at 19:25
Favorite: For Kicks
I have only recently heard of the passing of Mary Francis and I wanted to pass on my condolences to Dick. I have read everyone of Dick's books at least 3 times and have been reading them since I was 12. His books not only entertain and inspire me, they have shown me the importance of putting life into perspective and giving it everything you've got. Dick's books have been a powerful influence on my life and I would like to thank him sincerely for this. Best Regards Chelsie Bleakley Australia

shaun mcmanus
Jan 18, 2002 at 13:13
Favorite: comeback
excellant read

Sue Haynie
Jan 20, 2002 at 00:20
Favorite: all of them
I sincerely hope that Mr. Francis will continue writing more books--they are such a joy to so many people. I have enjoyed them all so much, and re-read them over and over again.

Feb 3, 2002 at 01:05
Favorite: How can i choose?
I don't really know what to say besides I love reading these books! I was in desperate need for a new favorite author when I grew out of my favorite series and then someone gave me one of these books to read and I've been hooked ever since. The books are beautifully written and not a kind of book you can put down :) I am on a mission to get them all. Guess that's all I can say :)

oana chira
Feb 9, 2002 at 03:44
Favorite: all of them
Je ne peux pas trouver de mots puor exprimer mes sentiments a l-egards de ces Livres!

Feb 11, 2002 at 07:14
The sheer pleasure of reading - or rereading - a Dick Francis book can't be described; it has to be experienced.

Feb 20, 2002 at 22:03
HI ALL! a friend of mine is a maker of jewelry. recently i was excited to see a ring that he had made that is a sterling silver ring with a horse on it. it reminded me of All of Dick Francis' books. i was wondering if any of you would be interested in this ring. if so please email me at the above address and i will send further details. if there is enough combined interest i may be able to get a better price on them for you... thanks charlton (ps i am re-reading the total 42 books right now... onto # 14 or so having a lot of fun)

Feb 23, 2002 at 15:14

Paula Ann Blazer
Mar 1, 2002 at 14:43
For Kicks
Been reading DF for 32 years.

Anne Hobman
Mar 6, 2002 at 01:35
Favorite: Banker/ Nerve/ High Stakes
Thank you Dick Francis for the many years of enjoyment you have given my Mum and I from reading your books.

pat shaughnessy
Mar 8, 2002 at 00:31
Favorite: many!
Avid reader of Dick Francis books. Am investigator in Phoenix, Az. and working on a case where a female jockey was severly injured from a race & need Mr. Francis' expertise in assessing the case. We represent the State of Az. (Racing Commission) and would greatly appreciate consulting with such a world expert -of course to be compensated. Please advise if Mr. Francis can assist.

Audra Adaire
Mar 12, 2002 at 13:59
Favorite: Odds Against
Hi.... I would like to recommend this really great racetrack novel "Favored to Win" by MaryAnn Myers. It revolves around a young woman and veterinarian's life on a Thoroughbred racetrack, the main character's mysterious past, who she is, what's she's done, that leads to a climactic end. Dick Francis' fans will love it! Like Dick Francis, the author is a horse trainer. She writes about what she knows and it shows. You will love her characters. You will love her horses! "Favored to Win" along with reader comments can be viewed online through amazon.com, amazon.co. uk, bloodhorse.com, etc. Thanks much. Audra Adaire Neat website!

Guntur Ananya Reddy
Mar 14, 2002 at 14:51
Favorite: nerve
i think it is a good site with all the bits of information one is looking for .One of the better websites related to Dick francis books.

Sue Stanford
Mar 20, 2002 at 09:09
Favorite: Hot Money
Although I do not know of any movies made from the books I have heard there is to be a made-for-TV series from Production company Amy International. Can someone tell me which of the books used Selenium? solution (from dog shampoo) as causing birth defects when administered to brood mares?

Jeanette Neal-Nevin
Apr 6, 2002 at 00:47
Favorite: Shattered
Hello Dick, we met on the beach in Grand Cayman. Since we last spoke we have lost our Queen Mum. Did you open your museum exibit Easter weekend? We traveled back to Toronto March 17th. My Uncle George Neal is well. He was quite interested in your novels and read the two my sister Linda Carder had you autograph. If you need advice on Aircraft and flying especially 1st and 2nd WW vintage he would be a great source. He has built a few and some of them are in the National Aircraft Museum in Ottawa Canada. He hopes to complete his Hawker Furry before he can still work. He will be 84 this year. Enjoyed our meeting. Take care. See you next year, God willing.

Colette Shannon
Apr 7, 2002 at 23:49
Favorite: I like them all.
Reading a Dick Francis novel makes me believe that gentlemen still exist. I love to read about horses and go to the horse races in Portland, OR

Lynda Berman

Apr 8, 2002 at 12:46
Favorite Wild Horses
How did you get the idea for the book? The Film Director?

judith stanton
Apr 8, 2002 at 21:04
Favorite: whichever one I just finished reading!
I am a published novelist and Ph.D. doing research on the prose style of best selling authors. Can you or a member of your staff email me a second chapter from any of your recent bestsellers for computer analysis? I am requesting the same from Anne Rice, John Grisham, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling. Happy to answer any questions you may have. This research will be presented as a talk at a national writers conference. If not through this websiteyou, can you give me another option for making this request? Thank you. Judith Stanton, author of Wild Indigo and His Stolen Bride, Harper 1998, 1999

Apr 13, 2002 at 15:07
Favorite: blood sport
I have a first edition hardback book of blood sport and it is up for sale as of the next couple of days if anyone is interested?

Chris Ferguson and Julie Howe
Apr 14, 2002 at 02:51
Favorite: All of them.
Where is the next book?? We are hanging out. Please, please, even a small one would be nice. Please let us know when to expect the next one.

Apr 17, 2002 at 18:44
Favorite: Everyone of his Books
Great site!!! I too love all his books and wish there would be more coming out forever. I have read them all over and over and feel rejuvenated after each one! I am so sad when I come to the end of the books, I feel I know the characters so well, personally. What a terrific author who inspires all of us in our daily life. Thank you!!!

John Murphy
Apr 18, 2002 at 22:05
Favorite: All
I've read DF wrote a book called Carrot For a Chestnut, but I've never been able to find it anywhere. Does anyone know anything about it?

Lisa Tea Vallimäe
Apr 25, 2002 at 06:15
Favorite: All of them
I am not a horse fan but those books are something much more than just interestin stories happening on the racecourses. Great sense of humore and good understanding about peoples inner self makes Dick Frances to my favourite writer. Sad that there are not many books of his to get in my homecountry Estonia. I am looking forward for each outkoming book. Thank you Dick Frances, it is great pleasure to read your books.

Sam Green
Apr 25, 2002 at 20:50
Favorite: Can I say All?
I started reading Dick Francis' books at about the age of ten. I was, still am, very interested and involved with animals. Riding racehorses was always a dream and after 24 years it came true when I rode my first real work out on a track. It has so far been my last, but it is more than I ever thought I would do. I broke my back and had to have it bolted back together. I was told I could not ever ride again. Well, I am not one for taking doctors orders (A bit of the Sid Haley in me I guess)and have been riding and falling off all over the world! The books gave me the courage to look inside an face what was there. To say lifes a shit and just get on with it. I think the one thing that has stuck with me the most is that to be afraid is natural and facing that fear is courage. The world would be a duller place without Mr Francis' books, and I would be a coward.

Ria de Wreede
Apr 30, 2002 at 13:34
Favorite: The Edge
Have been reading Dick Francis books for about 30 years now and can't get enough of them. Always looking forward to a new one. Hope there will be many to come.

James Goodwin
Apr 30, 2002 at 14:28
Favorite: Hilt
Disappointed that no new Dick Francis was published last year. Any news on future publications.

Roy Couzin
May 6, 2002 at 17:09
Favorite: The Edge
Thanks for many hours of great reading pleasure. There are really many favorites, but I was asked to pick just one. Roy

Liisa Teronen
May 10, 2002 at 03:34
Favorite: Banker
I love horses, did work with them 7 years.It was too hard work for my body and now I have a sled- dog team to enjoi the speed and company in the wilderness. I live with my sibes in Lapland, Finland. I own 20 of your books !

Beverly Bonicoro
May 10, 2002 at 09:56
How does one possibly pick one favorite? That would take more time then this impulse search permits. I was at the kitchen sink thinking, once again, that I should write Dick Francis and thank him for some of the most enjoyable hours of my life. His books are my best friends, my dream man described within their pages. From the bottom of my heart, thank-you.

Teresa Bailey
May 13, 2002 at 23:56
Favorite: The Danger
Dick Francis is my very favorite mystery writer. I have read all of his books numerous times. They helped me to remain sane during law school.

ginny macdonald
May 15, 2002 at 08:17
Every Fall my father and I would eagerly await the newest Dick Francis mystery. We would discuss the book long distance, first by telephone, eventually adding email. My father died in June of 2001. When Fall arrived I expected the newest book and thought how sad it would be without my father to discuss the book with. No new book came out this Fall. Seemed sort of fitting. Still, I keep searching for the release of the next book! I hope Mr. Francis keeps them coming.

Sue Reed
May 15, 2002 at 16:33
Favorite: ALL OF THEM!!
My mother and I share a love of all the Dick Francis books, and has been buying me one every Christmas for some time now. Christmas was not the same last year.. "Remember I have not left you, I am merely awaiting you in the next room"

Steven Devaney

May 27, 2002 at 15:51
It was a long wait in Oslo airport so I decided to look at the English books section in the shop - my Wilde novel accidently sent to the hold of the plane. There was "Shattered" on the shelf. An impulse purchase which I kept reading before the flight, on the flight, on the bus to Stockholm and all night. Must get another. /Steve from Berkshire

May 27, 2002 at 17:43
Favorite: Only read bonecrack
Loved the only bokk, Hoping to read more! and will!

tomi genovese
May 31, 2002 at 21:20
i recently moved into a new house (for me) and downstairs left on the book shelves are many books. after reading all the authors i have heard of - i picked up a slim book written by dick francis. i was instantly hooked. i am so glad there are so many. i have read five in a week so far and am looking forward to finishing up what i have. glad to see there are more that i dont have.

Winnie K
Jun 4, 2002 at 17:44
Favorite: Break In
My older brother introduced me to Dick Francis. I have been a fun and avid reader ever since. I know nothing about horses or racing but he brings alive in such a dramatic way, you feel like you are there.

scott maynard
Jun 6, 2002 at 22:32
Favorite: couldn't pick
I'm hopeful that you folks can help me. My girl's birthday is just around the corner, and she's fallen for the horseraces... just loves being at the track. She's also learned a passion that I too share: skeet shooting. Does anyone know of a Francis book that somehow combines the two sports? Perhaps you might remember a protagonist/antagonist in one of the stories that has something or another to do with target shooting, shotguns, skeet, or the like. Thanks for your help, Scott Maynard.

James Goodwin
Jun 12, 2002 at 11:04
Favorite: To the Hilt
Any idea what happened to last year's new book from Dick. A year without a new book leaves a large void.

Jun 13, 2002 at 12:41
Favorite: Bolt
I am impressed this site looks really good you must have put a lot of work into it. Peace Chewy

Jun 13, 2002 at 13:21
Favorite: Come to Grief
It's hard defining a favorite, because I love them all! I wish he could keep writing forever!

Debbie Hardy
Jun 18, 2002 at 08:57
Favorite: Longshot / Straight
just came across your site, I'm a huge Dick Francis fan and I found the site very interesting. None of my family understand how I can get so engrossed in his books that I forget to feed them!

Jun 18, 2002 at 22:16
Favorite: the next one!
Hi - i came across Dick Francis books through Jane Smiley mentioning them in 'Horse Heaven'. I've read the short stories, 'Field of 13', and last night finally read one of the novels, 'Bolt' ... it was true what the cover said, i couldn't put it down so am in danger of doing nothing else until i've read them ALL! Horses - and horsie-people - have been so healing since i lost my love this year... i'll come to a reading group soon

Susan B. Lyons
Jun 19, 2002 at 09:59
Favorite: Second Wind
They are all my favorites, but Second Wind is now my current favorite because I just finished it.

Jun 23, 2002 at 22:53
Favorite: Enquiry
My favorite Dick Francis book changes often. I've read them all many times. He teaches, in his novels, about how to be strong. I have learned so much from his stories; I am grateful for his wisdom.

Paula Edwards
Jun 25, 2002 at 12:57
All of them
I've never read fiction books that speak so directly to me. I love horses and have ridden since I was five too. So all of the "horse stuff" appeals to me. And all of the characters have so much character that I can't help but love them all. I suppose they reflect some of the inside of Mr. Francis himself.

Brian Noad
Jun 26, 2002 at 06:03
Favorite: have not yet decided still reading
I have 23 of Dick Francis books some of the earlier editions are hard to purchase in Australia.They are a good read. I am currently reading 10lb Penalty. Wild Horses was great. I like his writing because he tells a good story, and only a few f... words. I think he must be a good person.

Roy White
Jun 26, 2002 at 19:20
whichever one I choose to read (though Blood Sport was my first ever)
`I am amazed at the number of internet sites and the development of this one....in regards to Dick Francis....perhaps because I am relatively new to surfing and because I have not been seriously reading DF until recently. Thanks! REW

Harvey F. Vail Jr.
Jun 27, 2002 at 20:01
Favorite: Decider
I have read or heard this novel at least 10 times. Great stuff

Donna Emerson
Jun 30, 2002 at 17:03
All of his books are favorites! I guess the last one I read is the favorite at any given moment.
I was saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Francis' wife. My condolences to him and his family.

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