Dick Francis Dick Francis was a champion jockey in England, winning over 350 races. When an injury ended his riding career, he turned to writing. First, he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-three bestselling novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), and the biography of fellow jockey Lester Piggott. Francis was the winner of the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger and the only three-time recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Novel.In 1996, he was made a Mystery Writer of America Grand Master for a lifetime’s achievement.
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