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BBC Wales Arts BBC Wales Arts | 14:45 UK time, Monday, 15 February 2010

Acclaimed Welsh novelist Dick Francis CBE has died at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman at the age of 89.

Francis was born in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire in 1920. He found fame initially as a jockey, famously riding the Queen Mother's horse, Devon Loch, in the 1956 Grand National.

The following year he published his first book, an autobiography titled The Sport Of Queens. It was the beginning of a literary career that resulted in over 40 thrillers in 38 years, and worldwide sales of 60 million copies in more than 20 languages.

Read more in our profile of Dick Francis.


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