Richard Stanley Francis (1920-2010), usually known as Dick Francis, was a British crime writer and steeplechase jockey.
He wrote more than 40 best-selling novels, all of which are set against a background of horseracing. His titles include Dead Cert (1962), Nerve (1964), Whip Hand (1979), Bolt (1986), Penalty (1997) and Under Orders (2006). He was also the author of a biography of Lester Piggott entitled A Jockey's Life (1986), which was later re-issued under the title Lester.
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