Frederick Forsyth Profile and Books

Frederick Forsyth (CBE) was born in Ashford Kent on 25th August 1938. He is an author and political commentator with real world events and politics appearing in many of his novels.

Forsyth’s first job was with the Royal Air Force and at the age of 19 he became one of their youngest pilots ever. He then moved into journalism, working for small newspapers, Reuters, the BBC and then as a freelancer. His work reporting for the BBC led to his first book – The Biafra story.

When Forsyth started to write his first novel, his fiction writing used similar research techniques to those used in journalism. His novels are based on detailed research and contain incredible detail of criminal techniques used by his characters. His novels also feature famous people as characters such as Charles de Gaulle, Margaret Thatcher, Barack Obama and many others.

In 2012 Frederick Forsyth was awarded the UK Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement.

Forsyth is a political conservative, a Eurosceptic and a strong supporter of the British Monarchy. He is a significant financial contributor to the UK conservative party.

His books to date are:

  • The Biafra Story (non-fiction) (1969)
  • The Day of the Jackal (1971)
  • The Odessa File (1972)
  • The Dogs of War (1974)
  • The Shepherd (Illustrated short story) (1975)
  • The Devil’s Alternative (1979)
  • Emeka (biography) (1982)
  • No Comebacks (short stories) (1982)
  • The Fourth Protocol (1984)
  • The Negotiator (1989)
  • The Deceiver (short stories) (1991)
  • Great Flying Stories (compilation) (1991)
  • The Fist of God (1994)
  • Icon (1996)
  • The Phantom of Manhattan (1999)
  • The Veteran (Short stories) (2001)
  • Avenger (2003)
  • The Afghan (2006)
  • The Cobra (2010)
  • The Kill List (2013)
  • The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue (non fiction) (2015)
  • The Fox (2018)

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