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4 AUGUST 2000 QUEEN MOTHER PANE 3 BENHAM FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED DICK FRANCIS SHS
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First Day Cover

Year of Issue:

2000

Era:

Elizabeth II (1952-Now)

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COMMEMORATIVE AUTOGRAPHED FIRST DAY COVER

Date: 4 AUGUST 2000 

Issue: QUEEN MOTHER 100th BIRTHDAY

FULL BOOKLET PANE 3

    Cover: BENHAM BLCS 188b

SIGNED BY AUTHOR & QUEEN MOTHERS JOCKEY

DICK FRANCIS CBE 

USUAL BENHAM AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTICATION TO REVERSE OF COVER

Postmark: APPROPRIATE & BETTER -

100 GLORIOUS YEARS CASTLE OF MEY THURSO SHS

Condition: PRISTINE AS ISSUED WITH INSERTS

 

ANY SHADING IS MY RELUCTANCE TO PRESS ON THE SCANNER LID!!

 

 'BLEED' TO AUTOGRAPH AT TIME OF SIGNING, LOOKS LIKE A THUMBPRINT!!!

 

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Richard Stanley "Dick" Francis CBE (31 October 1920 – 14 February 2010) was a British jockey and crime writer, many of whose novels centre around horse racing.

Personal life

Francis was born in Coedcanlas, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Some sources report his birthplace as the inland town of Lawrenny, but at least two of his obituaries stated his birthplace as the coastal town of Tenby. His autobiography says that he was born at his maternal grandparents' farm at Coedcanlas on the estuary of the River Cleddau, roughly a mile north-west of Lawrenny. He was the son of a jockey and stable manager and he grew up in Berkshire, England. He left school at 15 without any qualifications, with the intention of becoming a jockey and became a trainer in 1938. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force, piloting fighter and bomber aircraft, including the Spitfire and Hurricane. In October 1945, he met Mary Margaret Brenchley (17 June 1924 – 30 September 2000) whom he married in June 1947 in London; they had two sons, Merrick and Felix (born 1953). In the 1980s, Francis and his wife moved to Florida; in 1992, they moved to the Cayman Islands, where Mary died of a heart attack. In 2006, Francis had a heart bypass operation; in 2007 his right leg was amputated. He died of natural causes on 14 February 2010 at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman, survived by both sons.

Horse racing career

After leaving the RAF in 1946, Francis became a celebrity in the world of British National Hunt racing. He won over 350 races, becoming champion jockey in the 1953–54 season.

From 1953 to 1957 he was jockey to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In 1957 he was forced to retire from racing as the result of a serious fall. His most famous moment as a jockey came while riding the Queen Mother's horse, Devon Loch, in the 1956 Grand National when the horse inexplicably fell when close to winning the race.

Writing career

Francis wrote more than 40 international best-sellers. His first book was his autobiography The Sport of Queens (1957) which led to him becoming the racing correspondent for London's Sunday Express newspaper, remaining in the job for 16 years. In 1962 he published his first thriller Dead Cert, set in the world of racing. Subsequently he regularly produced a novel a year for the next 38 years, missing only 1998 (during which he published a short-story collection). Although all his books were set against a background of horse racing, his male heroes held a variety of jobs including artist (In the Frame and To the Hilt), private investigator (Odds Against, Whip Hand, Come to Grief, Under Orders—all starring injured ex-jockey Sid Halley, one of only two heroes used more than once), pilot, artist, wine merchant and many others. All the novels are narrated by the hero, who in the course of the story discovers himself to be more resourceful, brave, tricky, than he had thought, and usually finds a certain salvation for himself as well as bestowing it on others. Details of other people's occupations fascinated Francis, and the reader finds him—or herself immersed in the mechanics of such things as photography, accountancy, the gemstone trade, restaurant service on transcontinental trains—but always in the interests of the plot. Dysfunctional families were a subject which he exploited particularly well (Reflex, a baleful grandmother, Hot Money, a multi-millionaire father and serial ex-husband, Decider, the related co-owners of a racecourse).

Francis is the only three-time recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Novel, winning for Forfeit in 1970, Whip Hand in 1981, and Come To Grief in 1996. Britain's Crime Writers Association awarded him its Gold Dagger Award for fiction in 1979 and the Cartier Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award in 1989. In 1996 he was given the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, the highest honour bestowed by the MWA. He was created an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 1983 and promoted to Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000.

Many of Francis' books are featured in volumes of Reader's Digest Condensed Books.

Francis' manager (and co-author of his later books) was his son Felix Francis, who left his post as teacher of A-Level Physics at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire in order to work for his father. Felix was the inspiration behind a leading character in the novel Twice Shy. Francis' other son Merrick, was a racehorse trainer and later ran his own horse transport business, which inspired the novel Driving Force.

Francis was elected in 1999 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[21]

Bibliography

Title

Year

ISBN of first edition

Main character

Notes

The Sport of Queens

1957

autobiography

Dead Cert

1962

Alan York, amateur jockey

Basis of the movie Dead Cert (1974)

Nerve

1964

Rob Finn, jockey

Basis of the audio drama Breaking Point starring Michael Kitchen

For Kicks

1965

Daniel Roke, Australian horse breeder temporarily turned UK investigator

Odds Against

1965

ISBN 0-330-10597-3

Sid Halley, investigator

Edgar Award nominee

Flying Finish

1966

Henry Grey, groom/heir to earldom, pilot

Edgar Award nominee

Blood Sport

1967

Gene Hawkins, government security agent

Edgar Award nominee

Forfeit

1968

ISBN 0-425-20191-0

James Tyrone, reporter

Edgar Award winner

Enquiry

1969

Kelly Hughes, jockey

Rat Race

1970

Matt Shore, former airline pilot now flying charter

Bonecrack

1971

Neil Griffon, formerly antique dealer,then business consultant, acting as temporary trainer whilst his father is hospitalised

Smokescreen

1972

Edward Lincoln, movie actor who does his own stunts

Slay Ride

1973

ISBN 0-671-83271-9

David Cleveland, investigator

Knockdown

1974

Jonah Dereham, bloodstock agent

High Stakes

1975

Steven Scott, toy inventor

In the Frame

1976

Charles Todd, painter

Risk

1977

Roland Britten, accountant

Trial Run

1978

Randall Drew, gentleman and ex-jockey

Whip Hand

1979

ISBN 0-449-21274-2

Sid Halley, investigator

Edgar Award winner, Gold Dagger winner

Reflex

1980

Philip Nore, jockey and photographer

Twice Shy

1981

Jonathan Derry, teacher, second part narrated by younger brother William Derry, jockey & later racing manager

Banker

1982

Tim Ekaterin, merchant banker

The Danger

1983

Andrew Douglas, anti-kidnapping consultant

Proof

1984

Tony Beach, wine merchant

Break In

1985

Kit Fielding, jockey

Bolt

1986

Kit Fielding, jockey

A Jockey's Life

1986

ISBN 0-399-13179-5 / 978-0-399-13179-0 (USA edition)

Biography of Lester Piggott, later reissued as Lester

Hot Money

1987

Ian Pembroke, former asst trainer, amateur jockey

The Edge

1988

Tor Kelsey, investigator for the Jockey Club

Straight

1989

Derek Franklin, jockey & later jewellery firm owner

Longshot

1990

John Kendall, writer and survival expert

Comeback

1991

Peter Darwin, diplomat

Driving Force

1992

Freddie Croft, trucking company owner

Decider

1993

Lee Morris, architect

Wild Horses

1994

Thomas Lyon, film director

Come to Grief

1995

ISBN 0-330-34777-2

Sid Halley, investigator

Edgar Award winner

To the Hilt

1996

Alexander Kinloch, painter

10 LB. Penalty

1997

ISBN 0-399-14302-5

Ben Juliard, jockey/politician's son

Field of 13

1998

ISBN 0-515-12609-8

short stories:

1. "Raid at Kingdom Hill" (first appeared in The Times of London, 1975)

2. "Dead on Red"

3. "Song for Mona"

4. "Bright White Star" (first appeared in Cheshire Life, Christmas 1979)

5. "Collision Course"

6. "Nightmare" (first appeared in The Times of London, 13 April 1974)

7. "Carrot for a Chestnut" (first appeared in Sports Illustrated, 1970)

8. "The Gift" (first appeared as "A Day of Wine and Roses" in Sports Illustrated, 1973)

9. "Spring Fever" (first appeared in Women's Own magazine, 1980)

10. "Blind Chance" (first appeared as "Twenty-one Good Men and True" in Verdict of Thirteen: A Detection Club Anthology, 1979)

11. "Corkscrew"

12. "The Day of the Losers" (first appeared in Horse and Hound, February 1977)

13. "Haig's Death"

Second Wind

1999

Perry Stuart, meteorologist

Shattered

2000

ISBN 0-399-14660-1

Gerard Logan, glass blower

Under Orders

2006

ISBN 978-0-330-44833-8

Sid Halley, investigator

Dead Heat

2007

ISBN 978-0-399-15476-8

Max Moreton, chef

with Felix Francis

Silks

2008

ISBN 978-0-7181-5457-8

Geoffrey Mason, barrister

with Felix Francis

Even Money

2009

ISBN 978-0-399-15591-8

Ned Talbot, bookmaker

with Felix Francis

Crossfire

2010

US ISBN 978-0-399-15681-6
UK
ISBN 978-0-7181-5663-3

Captain Tom Forsyth, military officer

with Felix Francis

 

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