Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Zac Efron Gushes About His 'O.G Crew' in High School Musical-Themed Throwback Photo
- Read the Cover Story: Steve Harvey: From Homeless to Having It All
- Anna and Josh Duggar Reveal They're in Marriage Counseling: It's a 'Long Road to Rebuild a Healthy Relationship'
- Angela Simmons Expecting First Child: 'We are Overjoyed and Super Excited'
- More Allegations from Amber Heard: Claims Johnny Depp Abused Her for Four Years, Uses Drugs and Assaulted Her on Her Birthday
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- November 22, 1999
- Vol. 52
- No. 20
Who Done It?
Millions of Books Later, a Mystery Gallops Up on Dick Francis: Did His Wife Cowrite His Bestsellers?
But this time the protagonist is Francis himself. According to Dick Francis: A Racing Life, an unauthorized biography by author Graham Lord published in England, the former jockey's much-loved mystery series may in fact have had two authors: Dick, 79, and his wife, Mary, 75.
Friends of Francis and many in publishing have long known that Mary researched and edited Dick's work. But Lord, 56, claims that in a 1980 conversation she implied that she also wrote substantial parts of the series. " 'It's much better for everyone to think that he writes them,' " Lord recalls her saying. " 'They're taut, masculine books that might otherwise lose their credibility.' "
Dick and Mary Francis—who, according to Lord, recently announced the crime series was nearing the finish line—have not responded to Lord's assertions, which were given wide currency in the British press. But their son Felix, 46, who is also Francis's manager, is both angered and saddened by the bio. "I fail to understand why Mr. Lord has chosen to write a book which will undoubtedly be hurtful to my parents," he says. He adds that neither his university-trained mother nor his father, who left school when he was 15, ever tried to hide their collaboration. "There was never a conspiracy to mislead or bamboozle. It was a partnership, a communion, but no trickery, no secret and no mystery."
Except to all those readers, of course.
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!