Frederick Forsyth Success Story
Frederick Forsyth is an English author, political commentator and former journalist and spy. He is famous for his novels; The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fist of God, Icon, The Fourth Protocol, The Afghan, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Veteran, Avenger, The Cobra and The Kill List. Forsyth's works regularly feature on best-sellers lists. Several of his books ave been made into films. He has sold spproximately 70 million books.
Frederick was born on 25th August 1938, in Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom. He studied from the Tong Bridge School. Forsyth went to the University of Granada, Spain.
At the age of 19, Frederick joined the RAF as a jet fighter pilot. He was the youngest pilot in the Royal Air Force. Forsyth decided to become a Journalist and joined the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich and the King’s Lynn, Norfolk (1958-1961) for Reuters London, in Paris and East Berlin.
In the year 1965, Frederick joined the BBC as an assistant diplomatic correspondent, and was sent to Biafra to cover the war raging in Nigeria. He wrote his first novel, The Day of the Jackal published in 1971. The book has sold 10 million copies. It was adapted into a film by Edward Fox in 1973.
Forsyth won the Edgar Award for the best novel in 1972 for his book “The Day of the Jackal”. Forsyth was appointed as the Commander of the CBE; the Order of the British Empire in the year 1997. He bagged “the Grand Prix de Literature Policière - International Category” award in 1983. Forsyth won The Cartier Diamond Dagger Award by the Crime Writers Association in the year 2012, for his body of excellent work.
Forsyth is a Eurosceptic Conservative. He was a supporter of The People's Book Prize and of 'Better Off Out'. He supported the Young Briton's Foundation. Forsyth was married to Murray Smith.
Edgar Award, Martin Beck