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Frederick Forsyth - The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue

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For more than forty years, Frederick Forsyth has been writing extraordinary real-world novels of intrigue, from The Day of the Jackal on. Whether writing about the murky world of arms dealers or the intricacies of worldwide drug cartels, every plot has been chillingly plausible because every detail has been minutely researched. But what most people don’t know is that some of his greatest stories of intrigue have been in his own life.

He was the RAF’s youngest pilot at the age of 19, barely escaped the wrath of an arms dealer in Hamburg, gotten strafed by a MiG during the Nigerian Civil War, landed during a bloody coup in Guinea-Bissau (and himself been accused of helping fund a 1973 coup in Equatorial Guinea). The Stasi arrested him, the Israelis feted him, the IRA threatened him, and a certain attractive Czech secret police agent well, her actions were a bit more…intimate. And that’s just for starters.


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