Monday, February 15, 2010

With Sadness


Dick Francis
October 31st, 1920 - February 14th, 2010
Dick Francis, the best-selling British thriller writer and former champion jockey, died on Sunday in his home in the Cayman Islands. He was 89.
A successful steeplechase jockey, Francis turned to writing after he retired from racing in 1957. He penned 42 novels, many of which featured racing as a theme. His books were translated into more than 20 languages, and in 2000 Queen Elizabeth II — whose mother was among his many readers — honored Francis by making him a Commander of the British Empire.

8 comments:

  1. I know you enjoyed his writing. At least all the words he wrote will live on. That's some legacy.

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  2. What a wonderful life he lived! Thank you for sharing about him.

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  3. Erica, this saddened me, too. Like you, I have all his books and am a devoted fan. I knew his time was short, but the good news is that there will be a new book coming out (Sept I think). Not sure how much of it is written by him as the last few have been co-authored w/ his son. Still, it is something to look forward to.

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  4. Yikes! 42?? That's so hard to imagine right now.
    It sounds like he had a full life.

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  5. I was sorry to hear about this, too. It seems we've lost too many of the good ones recently.

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  6. My mother has always loved Dick Francis. I'm sure she's sad to hear the news.

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  7. Sorry to hear this. I beleive you've mentioned Dick Francis to me before. Isn't he one of your favorite authors?

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  8. Eileen, yes, Dick was one of my very favorites.

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