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Francis, Dick. 10-LB PENALTY - Michael Joseph 1997

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10-lb Penalty by Dick Francis. 1997 - Michael Joseph. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, 10-lb Penalty by Dick Francis, published in 1997 by Michael Joseph.

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Title 10-lb Penalty
Author Dick Francis
Publisher Michael Joseph
Edition First UK edition, first printing
Copyright Year 1997
ISBN 0718142454
Cover Price 16.99
No. Pages 272
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.55

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The very good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £16.99. It has minor wear to the upper edge.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Dick Francis

Richard Stanley Francis was born on Halloween, 1920 in Wales. At the age of fifteen, Dick dropped out of Maidenhead County School and won a hunter show, therefore starting an illustrious career as a steeplechase jockey. Dick has had three main careers: Air Force pilot and airframe fitter (during the war years), jockey and novelist. In 1947, Dick married Mary Margaret Brenchly. Ten years later, he retired from racing at the age of 37 and became a racing correspondent for the London Sunday Express. Five years after that in 1962, his first novel Dead Cert was published. A clever man, Francis made a deal with his publishing company that as long as he wrote a book a year, they would keep all of his novels in print. In 1983, he is knighted with the Order of the British Empire. Although there are rumours that 10 lb Penalty will be his last book, we can always hope. Dick and his wife now live in the Cayman Islands

Synopsis of this title

Teenager Benedict Juliard has no other ambition than to ride in steeplechases as an amateur jockey. Having agreed not to do anything that could destroy his father's growing public service and political career, Ben finds himself targeted in an attack mounted by his father's enemies.

Reviews of this title


Chicago Tribune
Few things are more convincing than Dick Francis at full gallop.

The New York Times Book Review, David Murray
he basic ingredients in a Dick Francis novel are unusual characters, an intricate story, fast-moving prose and no end of surprises. In 10 Lb. Penalty ... all these are present.... The cast of characters includes some credible politicians and their women, and as nasty a bunch of English villains to be found this side of Charles Dickens. Even their names have a suitably Dickensian ring: Alderney Wyvern, a slimy political operative; a small-town reporter answering to Usher Rudd; and three middle-aged campaign volunteers called Faith, Marge and Lavender.

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