Dick Francis (1920-2010) was a British novelist of crime novels, largely involving horse racing. Before becoming an author, Francis was a champion jockey in British National Hunt racing. For four years, he was the jockey to The Queen Mother. Following a bad fall, he retired from racing and started on a writing career where he would write over 40 international bestsellers.

Dick Francis wrote his first fiction novel in 1962, called Dead Cert. He would continue writing until his death in 2010. Below is a list of Dick Francis’ books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Sid Halley Books

(with Felix Francis)

Odds Against (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Whip Hand (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Come to Grief (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Under Orders (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Refusal (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hands Down (By: Felix Francis) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Kit Fielding Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Dead Cert (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nerve (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
For Kicks (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Flying Finish (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blood Sport (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Forfeit (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Enquiry (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rat Race (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bonecrack (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Smokescreen (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Slay Ride (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Knockdown (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
High Stakes (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
In the Frame (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Risk (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Trial Run (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Reflex (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Twice Shy (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Banker (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Danger (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Proof (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hot Money (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Edge (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Straight (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Longshot (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Comeback (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Driving Force (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Decider (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wild Horses (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
To the Hilt (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
10 lb. Penalty (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Second Wind (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shattered (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dead Heat (With: Felix Francis) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Silks (With: Felix Francis) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Even Money (With: Felix Francis) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Crossfire (With: Felix Francis) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Gamble (By: Felix Francis) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Field of Thirteen (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Sport of Queens: The Autobiography of Dick Francis (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Racing Man's Bedside Book (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Jockey's Life: The Biography of Lester Piggot / Lester (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Jefferson Hinkley Books

(with Felix Francis)

Damage (With: Felix Francis) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Front Runner (With: Felix Francis) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Triple Crown (With: Felix Francis) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Galaxy Science Fiction, September 1958(1958)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Verdict of Thirteen(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
1st Culprit(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Amis Story Anthology(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Note: Dead Heat and all novels thereafter are co-authored or ghostwritten by Felix Francis.

If You Like Dick Francis Books, You’ll Love…

Order of Books » Authors » Order of Dick Francis Books

7 Responses to “Order of Dick Francis Books”

  1. Susan: 2 months ago

    I’ve been trying to find a Dick Francis novel about a young man whose father is trying to become prime minister. The young man saves his father from several threats and in the process they become much closer. ???

    Reply

  2. Tom Linsley: 1 year ago

    Trying to remember the titles of two mysteries.
    • In the first, a jockey has been riding for a
    Princess for many years. The Princess niece
    comes to London. The jockey and the niece fall in love.
    • In the second, the Princess’ husband is being
    pressured to switch his business into making
    pistols. The niece is having second thoughts and
    getting cold feet.

    What are the titles?

    Reply

    • Julia C: 1 year ago

      You are thinking of Break In and Bolt

      Reply

  3. Bettie Gibson: 1 year ago

    Good Day:

    I have been a Dick Francis fan for a.very long time.

    I seem to remember a book he wrote where the protagonist was a man who took part in shooting competitions. His wife was desperate to become pregnant.

    In looking through his titles I apparently am overlooking it. Could you supply me with the title?

    Thank you.

    Bettie Gibson

    Reply

    • Anne: 1 year ago

      Hey Bettie,
      The book is Twice Shy

      It’s a great book. Enjoy!

      Anne

      Reply

  4. Becky: 3 years ago

    In everything I read regarding Mr. Francis,his wife Mary,,did an extensive amount of research for him for the settings of his books. Nowhere has it ever said she helped or co-wrote the books with him. I’ve also read that after her death he lost his drive to a write since she was an intergeral part of the settings.

    Reply

  5. JAD: 3 years ago

    It’s my understanding while Mr. Francis was alive he and his son Felix wrote the first 4 Sid Haley books and he published the 5th one under his fathers name but Felix did write it. Interestingly, Mr. Francis also collaborated with his wife, Mary on other books.

    Reply

Leave a Reply