The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1992 - 211 strán (strany)
Francis and Welcome bring readers another richly entertaining collection of the best horse-racing stories by authors past and present. Here are selections from Damon Runyon, Molly Keane, Banjo Patterson, and others, as well as one selection each from Francis and Welcome. In “My First Winter,” John Welcome's narrator describes how he was hoodwinked by his best friend into riding a horse for him in a comical steeplechase. And in “Spring Fever,” Dick Francis unfolds the tale of the fiftyish widow, Mrs. Angela Hart, who is entirely too trusting of her conniving trainer and jockey, until a chance hint alerts her to their deception and gives her the opportunity for revenge.
 

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Following their first collection, The Dick Francis Treasury of Great Horseracing Stories ( LJ 11/1/90), the editors compile 11 British and three American horseracing stories, with authors as diverse ... Čítať celú recenziu

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Spring Fever Dick Francis
3
My First Winner John Welcome
17
The Man Who Shot The Favourite Edgar Wallace
26
Pick The Winner Damon Runyon
32
A Night at the Old Bergen County RaceTrack
44
Blister John Taintor Foote
58
The Dead Cert J C Squire
69
The Inside View C C L Browne
81
The Tale of The Gypsy Horse Donn Byrne
97
Pullinstown Molly Keane
136
Occasional Licences Somerville Ross
157
The Good Thing Colin Davy
172
The Oracle A B Banjo Paterson
207
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Dick Francis was born in Wales on October 31, 1920. Because his father was a professional steeplechase jockey and a stable manager, Francis grew up around horses, and after a stint as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he became a steeplechase jockey himself, turning professional in 1948. He was named champion jockey of the 1953-54 racing season by the British National Hunt after winning more than 350 races and was retained as jockey to the queen mother for four seasons. When he retired from racing in 1957 at the age of 36, Francis went to work as a racing correspondent for the Sunday Express, a London paper, where he worked for 16 years. In the early sixties, he decided to combine his love of mysteries with his knowledge of the racing world, and published Dead Cert in 1962. Set mostly in the racing world, he has written more than 40 novels including Forfeit, Blood Sport, Slay-Ride, Odds Against, Flying Finish, Smoke Screen, High Stakes, and Long Shot. He wrote his last four books Dead Heat, Silks, Even Money, and Crossfire with his son Felix Francis. He has received numerous awards including the Silver Dagger award from Britain's Crime Writers Association for For Kicks, the Gold Dagger award for Whip Hand, the Diamond Dagger award in 1990, and three Edgar awards. He died on February 14, 2010 at the age of 89.

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