I'm not a fan of horse racing, and I don't read tons of thrillers, but Dick Francis was an excellent writer. His stories were not only entertaining, but wry and elegantly written. Try one of his books — you'll be impressed.
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Available for free on the Project Gutenberg site, with illustrations from the 1843 first edition: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
And, to make this post a little bit royal, here's a quote about Charles Dickens from Queen Victoria's diary: "He had a large loving mind and the strongest sympathy with the poorer classes. He felt sure a better feeling, and much greater union of classes, would take place in time. And I pray earnestly it may."