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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,London Bureau | August 9, 1993
Newton Abbott, England -- Dick Francis narrows his eyes and watches critically as the horses jump a gorse-packed fence on the back stretch at this dowdy old country racecourse in Devonshire.The steeplechase season is just opening. And Dick Francis, once a champion steeplechase jockey and now the prosperous, popular author of mystery thrillers, is on this day about 90 percent rider and 10 percent writer."Yes," Mr. Francis says, "riding was my first love. It's lovely when you're on a good horse and seeing the fence in front of you. Nothing could be more satisfying.
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By Tribune Newspapers | February 16, 2010
DICK FRANCIS , 89 Best-selling British mystery writer Dick Francis, a champion steeplechase jockey who became a best-selling British mystery writer, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in the Cayman Islands. He wrote 42 novels, many featuring racing as a theme, after retiring from racing in 1957. "I haven't suffered the same injuries as my characters, but I have suffered pain and I know it," he told the Los Angeles Times during a visit to Southern California in 1981.
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff | October 22, 2000
Who cares whodunit? So what if Dick Francis, the former jockey-turned-mystery-writer, didn't write those suspense novels entirely on his own? Surely it's fitting that a little mystery shrouds the creation of Francis' books, a series of fast-paced novels that often are set in the colorful world of British horse racing. Anyone who was paying attention has known for years that Francis and Mary, his wife of 53 years, worked as a team when it came to producing books. Though Mary never received co-author billing, Francis long ago acknowledged that that she did the research for the books, and that he wanted to include her name on their covers -- but that she wouldn't let him. Last year, British author Graham Lord tartly suggested in his biography, "Dick Francis, A Racing Life," that Mary was, in fact, the primary author of the books -- that she, not her husband, was the creative force.
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By San Jose Mercury News | October 14, 2007
I've heard that anyone with an old felony conviction - even for a white-collar or nonviolent crime - is barred from visiting New Zealand. Is that true? There are no hard and fast rules regarding entry into New Zealand by convicted felons, according to a spokesman for Immigration New Zealand. Most U.S. citizens can visit the country for up to 90 days with a passport, but anyone with a criminal conviction must also obtain a visa. As part of the application process, you will need to provide details of the conviction and information regarding the arrest and release from prison.
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By San Jose Mercury News | October 14, 2007
I've heard that anyone with an old felony conviction - even for a white-collar or nonviolent crime - is barred from visiting New Zealand. Is that true? There are no hard and fast rules regarding entry into New Zealand by convicted felons, according to a spokesman for Immigration New Zealand. Most U.S. citizens can visit the country for up to 90 days with a passport, but anyone with a criminal conviction must also obtain a visa. As part of the application process, you will need to provide details of the conviction and information regarding the arrest and release from prison.
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By Tribune Newspapers | February 16, 2010
DICK FRANCIS , 89 Best-selling British mystery writer Dick Francis, a champion steeplechase jockey who became a best-selling British mystery writer, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in the Cayman Islands. He wrote 42 novels, many featuring racing as a theme, after retiring from racing in 1957. "I haven't suffered the same injuries as my characters, but I have suffered pain and I know it," he told the Los Angeles Times during a visit to Southern California in 1981.
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By VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ Title: "The Sport of Queens: The Autobiography of Dick Francis" Publisher: Otto Penzler/Macmillan Length, price: 254 pages, $20 and VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ Title: "The Sport of Queens: The Autobiography of Dick Francis" Publisher: Otto Penzler/Macmillan Length, price: 254 pages, $20,LOS ANGELES TIMES Title: "Daybreak" Author: Belva Plain Publisher: Ballantine Books Length, price: 360 pages, $22.95 | May 29, 1994
Title: "The Big Book of the Blues"Author: Robert SantelliPublisher: PenguinLength, price: 491 pages, $15 (paperback) If Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf wanted to get a bunch of their friends together for a jam, and they were all still alive, of course, "The Big Book of the Blues" could be their address book.Robert Santelli has brought together in "Big Book of the Blues" a strong collection of legends and losers in the blues arena. Here's the entry on "Hawkins, Screamin' Jay":"No other R&B artist has possessed the strange charm, black humor or onstage histrionics of singer and pianist Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
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By ABBY KARP The Road to Memphis. Mildred Taylor. Dial. 290 pages. $14.95 | October 7, 1990
Longshot. Dick Francis. Putnam.320 pages. $19.95. Who wouldn't want a guy like John Kendall?The hero of Dick Francis' newest mystery is just the kind of modest, decent bloke we've learned to love in the author's novels. In this story, Kendall goes farther into the realm of New Manhood: Not only does he save lives, but he writes books, cooks dinner for strangers, plays surrogate parent to a &r motherless teen-ager and even catches a pregnant woman when she faints while astride a horse.All this, and he solves the mystery of who killed a stablehand.
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November 5, 1995
"Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder. It's about the difference a good teacher can make in a child's life, indeed, in society. A fellow teacher gave it to me. I'm also reading "Passing Shots" by Pam Shriver and Frank DeFord and Dick Francis' "Decider." My aunt gave it to me. There are interesting parallels to the racetrack situation now in Maryland. It's a great book.-- Gerry Brewster, new teacher at Chesapeake High School, Eastern Baltimore County
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July 13, 1997
"Cloister Walk" by Kathleen Norris is fascinating. She's poetic in describing her spiritual path. I think there's room for questions of spirituality in popular fiction, -- but so few books have it. ... Also "An Unquiet Mind," by Kay Redfield Jameson. It's about her manic depression and how she dealt with it. I found it interesting because I write romances, but I try to make them psychological romances, so I'm interested in the idea of dealing with depression.And I read everything by Dick Francis.
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff | October 22, 2000
Who cares whodunit? So what if Dick Francis, the former jockey-turned-mystery-writer, didn't write those suspense novels entirely on his own? Surely it's fitting that a little mystery shrouds the creation of Francis' books, a series of fast-paced novels that often are set in the colorful world of British horse racing. Anyone who was paying attention has known for years that Francis and Mary, his wife of 53 years, worked as a team when it came to producing books. Though Mary never received co-author billing, Francis long ago acknowledged that that she did the research for the books, and that he wanted to include her name on their covers -- but that she wouldn't let him. Last year, British author Graham Lord tartly suggested in his biography, "Dick Francis, A Racing Life," that Mary was, in fact, the primary author of the books -- that she, not her husband, was the creative force.
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By VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ Title: "The Sport of Queens: The Autobiography of Dick Francis" Publisher: Otto Penzler/Macmillan Length, price: 254 pages, $20 and VICTOR PAUL ALVAREZ Title: "The Sport of Queens: The Autobiography of Dick Francis" Publisher: Otto Penzler/Macmillan Length, price: 254 pages, $20,LOS ANGELES TIMES Title: "Daybreak" Author: Belva Plain Publisher: Ballantine Books Length, price: 360 pages, $22.95 | May 29, 1994
Title: "The Big Book of the Blues"Author: Robert SantelliPublisher: PenguinLength, price: 491 pages, $15 (paperback) If Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf wanted to get a bunch of their friends together for a jam, and they were all still alive, of course, "The Big Book of the Blues" could be their address book.Robert Santelli has brought together in "Big Book of the Blues" a strong collection of legends and losers in the blues arena. Here's the entry on "Hawkins, Screamin' Jay":"No other R&B artist has possessed the strange charm, black humor or onstage histrionics of singer and pianist Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,London Bureau | August 9, 1993
Newton Abbott, England -- Dick Francis narrows his eyes and watches critically as the horses jump a gorse-packed fence on the back stretch at this dowdy old country racecourse in Devonshire.The steeplechase season is just opening. And Dick Francis, once a champion steeplechase jockey and now the prosperous, popular author of mystery thrillers, is on this day about 90 percent rider and 10 percent writer."Yes," Mr. Francis says, "riding was my first love. It's lovely when you're on a good horse and seeing the fence in front of you. Nothing could be more satisfying.
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By ABBY KARP The Road to Memphis. Mildred Taylor. Dial. 290 pages. $14.95 | October 7, 1990
Longshot. Dick Francis. Putnam.320 pages. $19.95. Who wouldn't want a guy like John Kendall?The hero of Dick Francis' newest mystery is just the kind of modest, decent bloke we've learned to love in the author's novels. In this story, Kendall goes farther into the realm of New Manhood: Not only does he save lives, but he writes books, cooks dinner for strangers, plays surrogate parent to a &r motherless teen-ager and even catches a pregnant woman when she faints while astride a horse.All this, and he solves the mystery of who killed a stablehand.
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By KASEY JONES Title: "Wild Horses" Author: Dick Francis Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons Length, price: 320 pages, $22.95 and KASEY JONES Title: "Wild Horses" Author: Dick Francis Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons Length, price: 320 pages, $22.95,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | December 18, 1994
Title: "The Lives of Danielle Steel"Authors: Vickie L. Bane and Lorenzo BenetPublisher: St. Martin's PressLength, price: 307 pages, $22.95 Best-selling novelist Danielle Steel has turned out book after book after book for decades. Each is more popular than the last. They are tales of the rich and famous, cheap and sleazy, the strong, the weak, the lovelorn.As Vickie L. Bane and Lorenzo Benet show in this unauthorized biography, truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to Ms. Steel's life.
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