Simon & Schuster UK has bought two new crime novels from Felix Francis, son of jockey-turned-novelist Dick Francis, with a view to “growing and evolving the Francis brand”.
The first book of the deal with Francis, who had previously been published by Michael Joseph, will be released in autumn 2016. S&S chief executive officer and publisher Ian Chapman bought the books from Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock.
Chapman, who published Dick Francis’ paperbacks when he was m.d. of Macmillan, said: “Felix has established himself as a writer of compelling, page-turning novels that consistently find a large and devoted readership. We are looking forward to working with him to build that audience and develop the famous Francis brand even further.”
Felix Francis worked as his father’s manager from the 1990s until his father’s death in 2010, and the pair began co-writing books together in 2006. Since 2010, Francis has written five books under the strapline “A Dick Francis novel”: Bloodline, Gamble, Refusal, Damage and Front Runner.