Frederick McCarthy Forsyth (born 25 August 1938) is an English author, former journalist and spy, and occasional political commentator. Forsyth is a Eurosceptic Conservative. He has been Patron of The People's Book Prize since 2010. He is Patron of Better Off Out, an organisation calling for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and supports Brexit. In 2003, he was awarded the One of Us Award from the Conservative Way Forward group for his services to the Conservative movement in Britain. He is also a patron of the Young Britons' Foundation. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and The Kill List.
Before becoming a journalist, 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
â€œIt is cold at six-forty in the morning on a March day in Paris, and seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.â€
â€œA journalist should never join the Establishment, no matter how tempting the blandishments. It is our job to hold power to account, not join it.â€
â€œ...a woman of quite bovine stupidity and potato-like contours...â€
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