Frederick McCarthy Forsyth C.B.E. ( August 25th, 1938 ) was born in Ashford ( Kent, England ). He was educated at Tonbridge School ( Kent, England ) and later attended the University of Granada ( Andalusia, Spain ).
Frederick Forsyth completed his National Service in the Royal Air Force as a pilot where he flew the de Havilland Vampire. He joined Reuters in 1961 and later the BBC in 1965, where he served as an assistant diplomatic correspondent.
His early career was spent covering French affairs and the attempted assassination of Charles de Gaulle ( 1890 - 1970 ). Then, in 1967, he spent six months reporting on the Nigerian Civil War between Biafra and Nigeria. Because it was not the BBC's policy to cover this war ( The Vietnam War was raging ), he quit and flew out there, and stayed there for most of the next two years. He thus returned to Biafra as a freelance reporter, writing his first book : The Biafra Story ( 1969 ).
Frederick Forsyth decided to write a novel using similar research techniques to those used in journalism. His first full - length novel, The Day of the Jackal, was published in 1971. In January 2018, it was announced that Frederick Forsyth would publish his eighteenth novel, a thriller about computer hackers. In October 2018, The Fox was published in electronic format and was released in hardcover in November.
Concerning his political views, Frederick Forsyth is a Eurosceptic Conservative. He is Patron of Better Off Out, an organisation calling for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and supports Brexit.
( source : Wikipedia )