In most articles on how to write novels the advice is given - "write about what you know". Richard Stanley Francis was the perfect example of this. After a stint in the RAF during the war, he became a full time time jump-jockey. It was and remains a calling that takes considerable personal bravery as well as skill. Francis won over 350 races in his career. It is fair to say that not many people knew what the were writing about as much as he. All his novels deal with the dark underside of horse racing. Many became and remain best sellers. His first book 'Dead Cert' was published in 1962 and after that he wrote a book a year for the next 38 years. A publishers' dream. He also found time to be The Sunday Express' racing correspondent for 16 years.