43 review for Racing Classics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daren

    A short story and a first chapter of a book published as a Penguin 60. The first chapter thing sort of threw me, as so far in the P60s series I haven't come across this setup. There are plenty of these with excerpts, mostly well selected so as to have a start and a finish, but not a first chapter. The first chapter story was really good - as I read it, I hadn't realised it was this setup, so I was intrigued as to how it was going to work itself out in the few remaining pages, but it really didn't, A short story and a first chapter of a book published as a Penguin 60. The first chapter thing sort of threw me, as so far in the P60s series I haven't come across this setup. There are plenty of these with excerpts, mostly well selected so as to have a start and a finish, but not a first chapter. The first chapter story was really good - as I read it, I hadn't realised it was this setup, so I was intrigued as to how it was going to work itself out in the few remaining pages, but it really didn't, it just peaked my interest! How frustrating. However, it probably did it's job, as I will now buy the book to get the rest of the story! The short story was also a good read. Very enjoyable character work, clever plot and good writing. 4 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    I’ve read plenty of Dick Francis but not the short story in this Penguin60 which was great as it told the story of a once great writer now ruined by alcohol and how he missed a great opportunity to redeem himself and his career

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marga

    The first 18 pages were one little story, the rest was another one. The first part gains 3 stars, wasn't too bad. Unfortunately the second part was an utter waste of time - did not enjoy reading it: 1 star.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Coenraad

    I've known about Dick Francis and his popularity, but I haven't read a word by him before. After reading this little hors d'oeuvre, things may not change dramatically - I'm not downloading his collected works on Kindle as we speak - but it was a pleasant introduction nonetheless. 'The gift' is a self-contained short story introducing an alcoholic journalist and seveal shady characters in the horse racing business. Entertaining and intriguing. The first text in the collection, 'Dead cert: the I've known about Dick Francis and his popularity, but I haven't read a word by him before. After reading this little hors d'oeuvre, things may not change dramatically - I'm not downloading his collected works on Kindle as we speak - but it was a pleasant introduction nonetheless. 'The gift' is a self-contained short story introducing an alcoholic journalist and seveal shady characters in the horse racing business. Entertaining and intriguing. The first text in the collection, 'Dead cert: the first chapter' is just that: the first chapter of one of Francis's novels. I feel just about cheated! Left hanging over a cliff! OK, pehaps not life-threatening, but I am now really inquisitive about how this racing crime will pan out. I'll definitely be looking out for this novel! 'n Aangename kennismaking met 'n baie populêre skrywer. Francis se eie ervaring as perdejokkie maak sy verhale oortuigend en vermaaklik. Die eerste teks is die eerste hoofstuk van 'n roman: hoewel ek nie noodwendig na dese Francis se versamelde werke sal aanskaf nie, sal ek beslis soek na DEAD CERT. 'The gift' is 'n alleenstaande kortverhaal oor verskeie onwettighede wat rondom die perdewedrenbesigheid voorkom. Vermaaklik.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jan Swanepoel

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karl Hickey

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Pringle

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angus

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jan Bilski

  11. 4 out of 5

    Southy

  12. 4 out of 5

    William Gority

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Martel

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  16. 5 out of 5

    Martha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laurie &quot

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ája Svobodová

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nate Patterson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Coleman

  21. 5 out of 5

    D. E.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly Ritger

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hilliary

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nhutcherson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lori Ehrman

  26. 5 out of 5

    Neil

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jewells

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Skjoldal

  30. 4 out of 5

    Conrad Toft

  31. 4 out of 5

    Twilight

  32. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

  33. 4 out of 5

    Kodzo Selormey

  34. 4 out of 5

    Lnl

  35. 5 out of 5

    Ton

  36. 5 out of 5

    Neil

  37. 4 out of 5

    Carl Shanks

  38. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  39. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Stone

  40. 5 out of 5

    Di Nicholson

  41. 4 out of 5

    Marc

  42. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Haberman

  43. 5 out of 5

    DB Nielsen

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