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Dick Francis

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Gracesgran Tue 27-Jan-15 10:17:26

Having seen how much others enjoy one of my favourites - the Merrily Watkins series - I wondered if anyone else on here likes the Dick Francis, now Felix Francis books.

Years ago, when I still believed everyone needed books in their lives to be happy, I tried to find something that would appeal to my intelligent but generally none reading OH. He loved racing so I got an early Dick Francis - and I have been hooked ever since. It made little difference to his reading but each year I looked forward to the new book. Since Dick Francis' death his son, who worked with him in his later years, has taken over and although I felt it took a while for him to get into his stride I am enjoying his more recent books just as much.

They do all have some horse racing connection but one is about a glass blower, one about a chef, one a racecourse commentator. One of the things I like is the research that has gone into them. They are great thrillers a I find them just great story telling.

sara4 Tue 27-Jan-15 13:56:34

Me too Gracesgran, I think I have read and read most of them. I like the fact that, not only do they contain information about the horse racing world but also topics like merchant banking, the world of photographers, outdoor survival internet information about the gambling, the brewing industry and so many more.

Tegan Tue 27-Jan-15 14:17:26

I'm bonkers about racing but haven't read the Dick Francis books because I find the actual intrigues of racing folk to be like an ongoing soap opera anyway wink]!

mollie65 Tue 27-Jan-15 15:21:50

had read and re-read Dick Francis books and was sad when there were no more being written - they were always a good read and well researched.
then I discovered Felix Francis books are of the same ilk and enjoy the three I have
another devotee of Phil Rickman/ Merrily Watkins here.

Gracesgran Tue 27-Jan-15 15:47:21

I thought Felix Francis took a while to get the pace his father had but all seems well now. Sara4 it sounds as if looking into all the different life styles appeal to you as well.

PRINTMISS Tue 27-Jan-15 16:48:05

I love the Dick Francis novels as well, they are as you say Sara, full of all sorts of information, and the amount of background investigation which goes into them must be tremendous. There seems to be a lack of them at our local library, and I would assume that that is because they are so popular, and perhaps some are not even being re-printed. Felix does a good job, and good luck to him.