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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sport of Queens
Makes a change to read a Dick Francis novel on a personal level and without a mystery to follow. His autobiography is as unassuming as the person behind the writer and gives a unique insight into the man and his life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Limps Home
I have only ever read one of Francis' racing thrillers and cannot remember it. Others tell me that they love his books and have read them all. He has a fan base of thousands, if not millions of readers.

This autobiography, to me, does him insufficient justice. He tells a bit about his childhood, then moves on to his war service (airframe fitter in RAF for years...
Published on 11 Sept. 2009 by Ian Millard


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sport of Queens, 7 Feb. 2014
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Makes a change to read a Dick Francis novel on a personal level and without a mystery to follow. His autobiography is as unassuming as the person behind the writer and gives a unique insight into the man and his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best, 28 Jan. 2013
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the best writer, and a great friend until his passing we all miss him and his wonderful books hopefully his son can keep the books going
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Oct. 2014
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Great, great, great if I didn't think so I would not give it 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Oct. 2014
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Fully intact and good for money. Would use again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 April 2015
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Excellent, very ibterestibg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Jan. 2015
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excellent thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Feb. 2015
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Very enjoyable
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limps Home, 11 Sept. 2009
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I have only ever read one of Francis' racing thrillers and cannot remember it. Others tell me that they love his books and have read them all. He has a fan base of thousands, if not millions of readers.

This autobiography, to me, does him insufficient justice. He tells a bit about his childhood, then moves on to his war service (airframe fitter in RAF for years until his 37th application to fly is approved, after which he pilots fighter planes, Wellington bombers and a glider. But that interesting (?) time is covered in about three or four pages. Too little. Unsurprisingly he gives a lot of time to his successful career as a jockey (Champion Jockey and nearly but not quite Grand National winning jockey on Devon Loch in the 1950's). Little time is given to his famous thriller writing either, which surprized me.

As to the man himself, jockey like reticence rules. I cannot agree with his love of foxhunting, even less with the idea that "a kill is the only satisfactory conclusion to the chase". Terrible. So I was left with a rather bland feeling somehow.
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