It is a teeming fictional landscape of doping, bungs, intrigue and betting scams, and it has been faithfully recorded for almost 40 years. But now, it seems, the racing world of Dick Francis has one more secret to yield - much of the work on his best-selling novels was actually done by his wife, Mary. The extraordinary claim is made in a new biography of the Queen Mother's jockey-turned-favourite author and will send a ripple of astonishment, and not a little amusement, through the real world of racing. For where fans have always seen the hand of Francis the true professional behind the vividly drawn scenes, many could actually have been written by a former schoolteacher who is rather frightened of horses.
Dick Francis, Jockey and Writer, Dies at 89
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Dick Francis obituary
Have you ever wondered whether you have read a particular Dick Francis novel, or which was the one about " Most of the summary descriptions are extracted from publishers' notes. Any errors are my responsibility.
The son of a jockey, Francis took up steeplechase riding in , turning professional in In he had an accident that cut short his riding career. In Francis turned to fiction with a successful first novel , Dead Cert filmed