Rob Finn was a bit of a misfit; a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians, a man in love with a beautiful young woman who wouldn't have him because they were first cousins, a rider who - just as it looked like he'd break into racing's big time - lost his nerve. Or did he? The horses felt slow & sluggish beneath him. He knew there had to be a reason. When he found it he also recognized he knew too much, & the cost of that knowledge might be his final defeat
As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing Daily Mirror Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end Sunday Telegraph
Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953/1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Following his retirement from the saddle he wrote forty-three bestselling novels, which earned him many prestigious awards, and in 1998 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in February 2010 at the age of eighty-nine.