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sharon currie
Jan 3, 2003 at 02:39
Favorite: the edge, come to grief and for kicks
i have been resding dick francis since i was thirteen and have read and re-read and own all of the books execpt knock down which i am hunting in hardcover. i am 31 now and have never tired of the books they are like coming home to an old friend every time you open the page.

miss c.s. molnar
Jan 4, 2003 at 10:59
Favorite: come to greif
because my uncle lost beaufull horse to death od ill and love his books all of them is going to write other new book ?

Bob Baker
Jan 4, 2003 at 23:43
Favorite: It change each time I re-read one!
I started reading DF's books in the late 60's when there were only two available at my Pasadena, CA, USA book shop. Picked up more in Canada on vacation in the early 70's and then in England on 10'th wedding anniversary trip. Have enjoyed them all over and over. Just finished Dead Cert and thought there might be a website so I could get the latest news. Well done! Bob

Jan 5, 2003 at 16:32
My Mom, who is blind and spends almost all of her time listening to books on tape, has asked me to post this question. (I am pretty ignorant of Dick Francis books, but am going to correct that faux pas asap), so the question is not intended to offend. Ahem, the question: My Mom has recently listened to a couple of "Dick Francis" books that seem to her to be very different from the earlier ones she enjoyed over the years. Has Mr. Francis changed his style, or, she asks, is she getting stories from some "copy cat" or person with a similar name? I cannot assist her in reviwing the printed book lists, so I cannot ascertain the answer that way. The person who reads the book lists to her is a cleaning lady who is very kind, but doesn't read herself, so we are puzzled. Thanks so much for any response. flo

Jan 5, 2003 at 17:34
Dead Cert
Can this be purchased in VHS or DVD format?

Sylvia "God I Love Dick Francis" Hoffman
Jan 5, 2003 at 17:58
Favorite: Danger
I love them all - tough to choose one favorite. One of the best things about your first person narratives is the ease and naturalness of flash-backs. It never ceases to amaze me that I've been brought though another one. I look forward to the new bi-annual installments and am completing my hard back collection of all your works.

Oliver Bleckmann
Jan 6, 2003 at 21:36
Favorite: Secod Wind
I read Forthyth, Clancey and Grisham and I have to say that Francis is by far the best. Oliver from Salzburg/Austria

Laura Veldkamp
Jan 13, 2003 at 13:44
Favorite: Comback
There's no one in the world that can discribe the sens of a human being in pain and fear! I have almost 30 books, this one Comeback i'm realy hunting for. I've been every where in Holland and Belgium, still hunting for Kille Comback (the dutch titel). Francis is a genius!

Jimmie Carol Ellis
Jan 14, 2003 at 16:40
Favorite: TO THE HILT
I am thrilled to have found this site! Thank you a million times to the person who started it! I super love Dick Francis' books. Have read _To the Hilt_ about 4 times and still enjoy it. It is great to find a bunch of people who like him as much as I do. Anybody is welcome to write to me. Have gotten another book group to read Hilt. Was told I should not rhapsodize so much about it because what if someone disagreed? I said I'd feel sorry for them! Jimmie Carol Ellis, HMC, USN Retired in Crescent City, CA where the redwoods meet the sea!

steve nick
Jan 16, 2003 at 15:19
Favorite: still trying to decide....???
Does anyone know if the tv adaptations that were so well done in Britain are available anywhere for purchase? I sure wish they would do some more of those shows.

t. angelia soape
Jan 19, 2003 at 13:07
Favorite: all
just looking around

Jan 21, 2003 at 19:39
Favorite: Bolt
I own a copy of every one of Dick Francis' novels - including A Jockey's Life and The Sport of Queens - all but a couple in hardback. I even have a few American first editions and a few signed ones though I have never had the pleasure of meeting him.

Dewan Thornberry
Jan 25, 2003 at 22:53
Favorite: All
I don,t remember all the names only the jist of some of the stories.although i have all saved on my bookshelf in hopes my kids will someday appreciate as much as me.sid halley being tied up when the boiler was going to blow.the guy writing the auto biography for the trainer and the boathouse incident. the guy waking up in the dark space tied up which turns out to be a boat. I suppose my favorite is the brother who inherits the diamond business,the house ,and the girlfriend from his brother. seemed quite complex.Ive read all but a jockeys life.wreaked havoc on my job as i would start reading at bed time and not finish till about 4 am.Way worth it!!!!

Tom Gillette
Jan 27, 2003 at 12:11
Favorite: All
A friend lent me a few Dick Francis books in 1986 while I was recovering from a broken hip as a resultof being thrown from our 18 hand (honest) thoroughbred. I have been a fan of Mr. Francis ever since.

m k becker
Jan 27, 2003 at 12:23
Favorite: Long Shot
I have loved reading Dick francis books since 1980 when I worked in a book store. I've been hooked ever since.

Peter Sanders
Jan 27, 2003 at 21:21
Favorite: A Jockey's Life
I am in 8th grade in Stamford, CT and am woring on a year-long research project. The topic I have chosen is how the treatment of jockeys has changed over the decades, and the disparity between the compensation and protections that today's jockeys have (or not) relative to other professional athletes. I would like to reach Mr. Francis to get his perspective on this topic. Do you know how I could contact him? Thanks! Peter Sanders

Jan 29, 2003 at 09:22
My mom is looking for a Dick Francis book she read but cannot remember the title. Amanda is a character in the book. The main character I believe he's the main character has 5 children and an estranged? wife at the beginning of the book and then a sixth is born to him at the end. Does anyone know which book I'm looking for?

Jan 30, 2003 at 05:32
Hi, Annie! The book you're looking for is Decider.

kathie immordino
Feb 2, 2003 at 16:58
Favorite: proof
I have all fiction novels by Dick Francis, several 1st editions, looking for more, preferably signed. If there is a local convention on the east coast, let me know.

Tomas Bergdahl
Feb 6, 2003 at 09:30
Dear Mr.Francis.My name is Tomas Bergdahl,and I am from Sweden.I am 35 years old. I collect autographs from famous persons all over the world,and wonder now if you will send your autograph to me and my collection?I will be very happy if you will do that. Hope to hear from you as soon as you can. Good luck with your books. Friendly from:Tomas Bergdahl,Backgatan 15,SE-614 32 Söderköping,Sweden.

Joanna Mumma
Feb 10, 2003 at 15:10
Favorite: 10lb Penalty, Hot Money, To The Hilt, etc
Been reading Dick Francis ever since high school. Absolutely, without question, the best writer!!! I mark an excellent author by the number times I can reread their books...in Mr. Francis' case..He makes the top of the list! His male characters have the a core of strength and integrity (ie. Halley and Fielding) you wish you'd find in yourself or others around you! Looking forward to another great book!

Feb 28, 2003 at 16:52

Susan Odom
Mar 1, 2003 at 13:55
Favorite: The Banker
Enjoy his books so much -

marlys halverson
Mar 4, 2003 at 17:36
i enjoyed them all so far!
waiting for the next one. have not seen one for awhile.

dave green
Mar 5, 2003 at 17:07
Favorite: to the hilt
thank you

Laura M. Porras
Mar 8, 2003 at 14:48
Favorite: Not familiar with any
Hello, I don't know how I got here, but I read many of the entries. Looking for information on Sydra-Techniques if you have it.

Mar 11, 2003 at 08:01
Favorite: Hot Money
One of my favorite authors!

Mrs. Blank
Mar 15, 2003 at 17:48
Favorite: To The Hilt
I have read and own, every book that Mr. Francis has written. He is an excellant story teller and weaver of tales. THANK YOU

Mar 18, 2003 at 03:26

Mar 19, 2003 at 18:04
Favorite: Smokescreen
Many thanks to Dick Francis for so many great mysteries!

Tilly Pratchett
Baltimore, MD, USA
Mar 20, 2003 at 17:42
Favorite: Banker
All of this man's books are so nice! And not dirty or disgusting!

Sheila Paich

Mar 20, 2003 at 19:55
I respect and like Mr. Francis so much, without having met him. His heroes are so resolute, yet not without flaws, as all of us. Have read his books over and over again, and I am glad I have them all in hardcover.

Mar 20, 2003 at 22:07
Favorite: ALL
Mr. Francis is the BEST mystery author EVER.

John Hanson
Tamworth Staffs
Mar 22, 2003 at 16:46
Favorite: For kicks
For kicks the first one I read, but I really like the character Sid Halley.The only book I cannot get one with is The Danger.

L. Whaley

Mar 22, 2003 at 19:35
Favorite: Read and enjoyed them all!
Dear Mr. Francis, Thank you for writing stories with well-researched backgrounds, interesting puzzles and fully-developed characters. As a reader, editor, and writer, I admire your simple, clean writing style. You fully convey in ten words a scene that would take a less-skilled writer ten pages. Thank you for many, many hours of pleasurable reading. My husband and I miss having new books from you, but we are glad you have such an extensive backlist we can return to again and again. Your unabashed fan, L. Whaley

Mar 23, 2003 at 13:50

Impossible to name my favorite-they're all so good. Not only are the mysteries masterfully conceived, but to read about horses, and racing, in stories written by a man who knows what he's talking about is a rare treat.

Michelle Nam

Mar 25, 2003 at 05:55
Dead Cert
Dear Dick Francis, I'm Michelle Nam and take charge of foreign rights department of GoldenBough. We are the Korean publisher and would like to make an offer of DEAD CERT for our list. Would you please let me know who represent your books? Best wishes, Michelle

Marty Gatenby
Dallas, Texas
Mar 26, 2003 at 07:59
Favorite: The one in which the young man helps his father's political campaign
I just somehow wanted passed on to Dick Francis how wonderful I think all his books are!!

mary magnuson
lehigh acres, florida
Mar 26, 2003 at 10:54
Favorite: unable to decide, maybe Shattered
I have read all the books that I have found, although I've liked some better than others I am in awe at how they are all so good. The main charatctors' goodness always shows through all adversity.


Mar 26, 2003 at 21:52
Favorite: The Danger
I am anxiously and impatiently awaiting Dick Francis' new book. Any news on when it is due to be out? I absolutely love his books and am always assured of a wonderful read whenever I pick them up.

Midwest, as well as Ft. Myers
Mar 28, 2003 at 21:22
Favorite: Every one! (I have read all of his books)
I am about finished with the last of Dick Francis' books, and I am very sad because I am afraid I will not find a book that I will truly enjoy until Mr. Francis comes out with another book! Is he writing at the present time?

Peter Stewart
North Carolina, U.S.A.
Mar 30, 2003 at 21:41
Favorite: Bolt
I have long been a fan of Mr. Francis. I am sorry to hear of his loss. I am not quiote sure why his writing intriguies me so much. I am not a particular fan of racing or horses so i guess the reason must be that his books are just simply great mysteries. I do enjoy a well researched and gripping mystery and Mr. Francis is very good in my opinion.

Yvonne Bausman
Stevensville, Montana
Apr 01, 2003 at 21:56
Favorite: Proof or Straight
It is hard to pick just one book out of all the great ones. Proof because I like wine and Straight because I make jewelry.

Bernadette Reyes
Escondido, California
Apr 02, 2003 at 12:19
Favorite: Hot Money, To the Hilt
When I start a Dick Francis book, I don't stop till I'm done. His writing style is wonderful, and very entertaining. Occasionally, is writing is a little dark, but I guess that reflects life in general. Thanks so much for such great books!

Apr 10, 2003 at 15:04
Favorite: The one about computers
Pls bring me up to date. The last book I read was about glass blowing and to my knowledge there have been no new books. I read at one point that Dick lived in Florida. Is he in good health?

Apr 13, 2003 at 03:34
Hi, Don. Dick Francis has retired. As far as we know, he is in good health. In fact, we've recently learned that he will be part of an author's cruise on the QE2. See details at: http://www.levenger.com/CUNARD/CUNARD.ASP

Gloria Wagner
Apr 15, 2003 at 21:41
Favorite: Straight
Just found your web page. Am currently rereading "The Danger". I so enjoy Mr. Francis' books. I reread them often and learn something new each time. Thank you for the time and effort it must take to keep a group like this going. I hope to learn a lot about his books fromother people's opinions.

Tom Rowley

Apr 17, 2003 at 13:12
Dead Cert
Dick's Books are truly amazing. My favourite has to be dead cert because I find myself getting to know all the characters, especially Alan York and Kate Ellery-Penn. I love all the books I have read so far and I would be interested to hear from any other Dick Francis fans.

andy salner

Apr 20, 2003 at 19:45
Favorite: all!
Dick's last book was in 2000 after publishing a new book each year. Has he stopped writing, or is he planning to continue to publish any new books? If so, when?

david maxwell
Apr 24, 2003 at 21:55
Favorite: hot money
have read all the books several times, when can we expect another

Los Angeles, California
Apr 25, 2003 at 02:40

Many years ago my father introduced me to the racing novels of Dick Francis. For this spring and summer, I've decided to read ALL of his books. I just finished FIELD OF THIRTEEN, a collection of his short stories. I heartily recommend it - especially as an introduction to his writing. What I love about his writing is his command of the English language, his well-defined characters and his plots. Without fail, he grabs my attention with the first paragraph. I once met him at a book signing in the the San Fernando Valley. The bookstore sold only mystery and detective books. He was seated at a large table with a red tablecloth (I think he was sitting on several pillows as he is a short man). His wife sat in a chair next to the table. He was very polite with alert eyes and a open manner. His wife wore a flowered dress and a pleasant smile. Both unmistakenly British but down to earth. I liked them immediately.

Apr 29, 2003 at 15:28
Favorite: Risk
From the first sentence you know you are in for a good story, well told. I have every one of Dick Francis'books, and this one I have read 3 or 4 times and still experience the suspense each time.

Nancy Smith
Apr 29, 2003 at 18:44
Favorite: All
Mr. Francis has given joy, strength, happiness and courage to millions of his readers and has unquestionably made a positive difference in this world. In my family, we are on the third generation of readers who treasure his books. Mr. Francis, you are my hero. You will live forever through your work. Thanks for the hours and hours and hours of pleasure and may you find some joy in all the happiness you have brought to so many.


May 05, 2003 at 16:33
Favorite: all of the ones that i have read so far
i wanted to thank you so much i have found some one that i can read most books for me put me to sleep but i havent read one of yours that didnt keep me up all night reading i have enjoyed all the ones i have read and hope to read all of your books shattered was a realy good one i was up hours reading that one i have found that reading your books fun an exciting i havent been able to put one down yet till the end of it and mind you i dont like to read much if i can help it but with your books i read and read so thats a good thing i have read 5 of them so far so thank you for being a good writer hope that u will write some more good ones to read thank you mindy

Mt. Juliet TN
May 05, 2003 at 20:30
Favorite: The one in my hand at that moment
A lifelong reader of anything at hand,15 years ago at The Bookworm in Hermitage TN,I fussed about needing something really good to read. Two men, unknown to me, turned and questioned me a bit then urged me to try Dick Francis. Sounded like a movie star but I risked it. Hooked at first paragraph. Have all, reread each many times, still my favorite of all time. I am so very sorry for the sad loss of his wife. I wish we could comfort and please him as he has many long hours for us.

Marcella A. McNabb
Collegeville, PA
May 08, 2003 at 14:50
To The Hilt
I have just started my annual re-reading of most of Dick Francis's books. An annual visit with old friends who stay young while the rest of us age. What a pleasure!

Barbara Poland
LaCrescenta, Ca
May 12, 2003 at 18:26
Favorite: To the Hilt
Have aii the books, looking to the next. All enjoyed.

May 16, 2003 at 21:12
Favorite: FOR KICKS

Carol Atton
Birmingham, UK
May 17, 2003 at 12:08
Favorite: Straight
I say my favourite is straight, but I haven't read them all yet. I was given Straight at my writing group last Christmas and Enjoyed it so much I've read a further four since then. I find the style varies and I think that I prefer the later novels. In order of preference I like Straight; Slayride, Bonecrack(because it was different) and Dead Cert. I wouldn't read another Sid Halley because I think he harped on too much about his amputated hand and Whiphand was too violent for my tastes.


May 26, 2003 at 07:34
Hello from Russia.Mne ochen' nraviatsa knigi Dick Francis-pozitivnyje po nastroju i talantlivyje.


May 29, 2003 at 00:09
Favorite: Twice Shy
What a great website!

Caroline Jepma-Kok
May 30, 2003 at 14:07
Favorite: can't choose....
I start reading DF books when I read all my library books and the library its self was closed....I borrowed a book from my father (I was 12) and never stopped reading DF books....They are all so great !! When I read a book of DF and somebody is shouting at me, the book is so fantastic that I won't hear it !! A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to ask him some questions himself in a radioprogram and he was very, very friendly !! I've got all the Dutch books from him and now I am collecting the English books because most of the English books are hardcovered....

R.Anantha Padmanaban
Chennai, India
Jun 01, 2003 at 11:13
Favorite: PROOF
I have been an avid fan of Dick Francis for several years, but did not know about this website until I chanced across it today. I wish you and Mr Dick Francis all success.

michael ross
Jun 09, 2003 at 07:03
Favorite: DEAD CERT
From thr moment I read Dead Cert, a book on the shelves of my rented flat in London in 1973, I have been hooked. I have bought and read them all and I hope he has not retired as I always look forward to the next book.

Linda J Schrader
Jun 13, 2003 at 09:48
Favorite: All
The only author ever that has compelled me to own every book!

Trudy Fields

Jun 14, 2003 at 13:11
Come to Grief
Thank you Mr. Francis.

Susan Neeley
Greeley, CO USA
Jun 14, 2003 at 16:29
Favorite: Too many to choose
DF has been my favorite writer since I began reading his books at about age 16. His concise, readable style and near-perfect heroes triumphing over desperate odds make a package hard to beat. I always enjoy his descriptions of memorable characters, high adventure, complex solutions and even physical pain, partaking in the exhiliratation from the safety of my home. And what fun it's been to be heroic and noble, if only vicariously. At age 49 it is still a treat to re-read any of his books.

Jun 15, 2003 at 20:44
Favorite: Which ever one I'm reading
I started reading DF's book while working in Saudia Arabia..We had a small libary of books donated by other employees..That was in 1988, I amazed by the others who read his books.. I've managed to collect about 34 of his 40 books.. I buy copies at used book stores and yard sales.. Even if I think I already have it..A month ago, I bought six books and only needed one of them. The others I gave to a freind to get him started. Dick's books are so relaxing to me, even though I don't really follow horse racing..Keep writing Dick, we need the great books...........


Jun 17, 2003 at 01:23
I have only just been introduced to Dick Francis with the omnibus edition published in 1990 of Straight and Banker. I am however greatly disappointed in the quality of typsetting. I found that there were numerous typographical errors, many appearing several time of one page.

Robert Moir
Ottawa Canada
Jun 21, 2003 at 20:57
Favorite: Nerve
I have enjoyed his many books over the years

peter whitehead
Jun 25, 2003 at 02:35

Jun 26, 2003 at 08:52
I've been wondering what happened to Lee Kinsolving and would love to read more.

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