I’ve had a lifelong love affair with (1) horses, and (2) books. Combine the two, and you get Dick Francis (1920-2010). I remember going to the elegant old library in Salt Lake City, Utah when I was pretty young, maybe 12, and finding one of Francis’ early publications. I don’t remember which one it was, but his first book was Dead Cert, so that may have been the one. I read it, and I was caught hook, line, and sinker. I found this set (below) on Amazon (where else?) of several of his earliest publications. I remember watching “Whip Hand,” which was made into a BBC “Mystery” feature. It was great! To see all the books available on Amazon, see the Dick Francis Author Page… actually 12 pages.
I think I’ve read all his books except for a few nonfiction ones. For an idea of how prolific he was, take a look at the Order of Books list for him. During his more recent period, his books changed and became more scientific (translation: even more interesting), and the ones from 2007 on were written with his son, Felix Francis. Felix continues to write very similar (in content and quality) books, for those of us who want more (me!).
I love this book! I love it so much I’ve purchased it three times. The first time, I took it to show my Psychology professor, and she asked to borrow it. I never got it back. The second time, I bought it again because I wanted to reference it for a talk I gave in church. Then I lost it in a move, so recently I bought it again… for the third time! That’s a record for me. The only other books I’ve bought so many times are books that I wear out or give away, like gifts, scriptures, and hymnbooks.
This book is both informative and funny, a great combination; I like learning something while being entertained.
I’ve been reading a series of books I like very much, so much so that I paid money for them. That’s high praise from the likes of me. I’m in the middle of the series of ten books, and they’ve been getting better as I go along.
If you are in a Primary presidency or are a Primary chorister in the LDS/Mormon Church, Have I got a deal for you! I’ve marked most of my books down so they are an even better deal! Most of the print books (of which there are very few left) are marked down about half, and most of the Kindle books are marked down 25%. I say “most of” because the Children’s Programs are not marked down; they cost less in the first place, and sell later in the year, presumably when people are writing their programs. Continue reading →