Monday, February 15, 2010

Dick Francis, RIP

Quite a life.
In 1962 his first thriller was published, Dead Cert. Between then and 2000 he published 38 novels and a collection of short stories, making him one of Britain's most prolific thriller writers.
He was helped by his wife Mary, who became his researcher and collaborator, until her death in 2000 after 53 years of marriage.
Francis is survived by two sons, Felix and Merrick, as well as five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Felix Francis, who co-wrote four more novels with his father since 2007, said: "My brother, Merrick, and I are, of course devastated by the loss of our father, but we rejoice in having been the sons of such an extraordinary man.
"We share in the joy that he brought to so many over such a long life. It is an honour for me to be able to continue his remarkable legacy through the new novels."
h/t Tim


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