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Dick Francis PROOF Signed First Edition Third Print

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First UK edition, third impression hardback published by Michael Joseph Ltd, London, in 1984. Signed, inscribed and dated by Dick Francis on the half title page
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First UK edition, third impression hardback of PROOF by Dick Francis, published by Michael Joseph Ltd, London, in 1984. Signed, inscribed and dated by Dick Francis on the half title page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean black boards with gold lettering on the spine) with minor wear to the dust jacket which is price clipped (minor creasing to the edges and some around the spine, minor rubbing to two corners). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions. There is very slight tanning to the pages.

Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953-1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. On his retirement from the sport he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-one bestselling novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), and the biography of Lester Piggott. He was rightly acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world.

Dick Francis was the winner of the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger and the only three-time recipient of the Mystery Writer of America’s Edgar Award for Best Novel, winning for Forfeit in 1970, Whip Hand in 1981, and Come to Grief in 1996, the same year he was make a Grand Master for a lifetime’s achievement. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2000.

"If you mix a liquid with gunpowder and ignite it, and it burns with a steady blue flame, then the liquid must be at least fifty percent alcohol; and that's PROOF... That's the way they proved a liquid was alcohol in the seventeenth century when distilled spirits were first taxed, and that's what is meant by proof to this day.

Tony Beach, wine merchant, knew his scotch, so to be asked to give his opinion of one particular bottle seemed harmless enough, but the bottle contained firewater of a highly-explosive nature... and Tony without intending it had set out on a one-way route into danger.

From a harmless Sunday morning party at a racing stable and onwards to the edge of death, Tony comes nearer and nearer to a lethal adversary and also to unexpected knowledge of his own true self."

Proof was Dick Francis's twenty-third bestselling racing thriller. It is crafted with Dick Francis' usual high standard of drama, suspense and invention.

268 pages.

ISBN: 0 7181 2481 2

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    1221
  • Weight:
    0.5kg
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