Dick Francis: A Racing Life by Graham Lord lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Little, Brown & Co., 1999, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: For nearly forty years now a new Dick Francis horseracing thriller has been published every autumn to the delight of millions of fans all over the world. His books have sold sixty million copies in thirty-five languages and have won several awards and been praised lavishly by admirers as varied as Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin and the Queen Mother .
So how does Francis do it, this legendary ex-champion jockey who hated school and left it at fifteen without any qualifications, yet whose books shoot straight to the top of the bestseller list each Christmas? He does it with an immense amount of help from his amazing wife, Mary, of whom he has often said that he wishes she would let him put her name as co-author on the covers of the books. Dick and Mary Francis have created a spectacularly successful literary partnership, and the story of the Dick Francis books is the story of them both.
Graham Lord has known the Francises for nearly thirty years. In this revealing double biography he tells not only the riveting tale of Dicks remarkable life the horsey Welsh childhood, the triumphs as champion jump-jockey, the 1956 Grand National tragedy when he so nearly won the race on Devon Loch he also tells the intriguing secret story of Dicks astonishing wife. Mary and Dick fell in love at first sight, at a cousins wedding, and for more than fifty years they have been inseparable, creating not only a triumphant working partnership but also an idyllically close marriage, with two sons, that was the envy of all who knew them.
Graham Lords warm, affectionate, yet sharp and perceptive biography of Dick and Mary Francis is romantic, inspiring and deeply moving and one of the great love stories of our time.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block tanned.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
[XVI] 399 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Biography category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…