Dick Francis was a master of the first line, the first paragraph, the first page. Once read, they hooked you immediately. Nothing would keep you from wanting to find out what happened next. Inherited his desk, his business, his gadgets, his enemies, his horses and his mistress. So much packed into three sentences.
Dick Francis thrillers 'were ghost written by wife' | The Independent
The son of a jockey, Francis took up steeplechase riding in , turning professional in In he had an accident that cut short his riding career. In Francis turned to fiction with a successful first novel , Dead Cert filmed Thereafter he averaged a book a year, all set in the world of horse racing.
Dick Francis was a famous British steeple chase jockey and author of crime novels. This internationally acclaimed writer had published numerous novels in his lifetime which resonated well with horse riding lovers all over the world. He had a penchant for weaving intriguing stories which revolved around crime that took place among horse riding communities. Every book had a central character who was narrating the story which enables writers to see life through his eyes.
It is a teeming fictional landscape of doping, bungs, intrigue and betting scams, and it has been faithfully recorded for almost 40 years. But now, it seems, the racing world of Dick Francis has one more secret to yield - much of the work on his best-selling novels was actually done by his wife, Mary. The extraordinary claim is made in a new biography of the Queen Mother's jockey-turned-favourite author and will send a ripple of astonishment, and not a little amusement, through the real world of racing. For where fans have always seen the hand of Francis the true professional behind the vividly drawn scenes, many could actually have been written by a former schoolteacher who is rather frightened of horses.