The Outsider

The Outsider

My Life in Intrigue

Large Print - 2015
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Frederick Forsyth has seen it all. And lived to tell the tale. 'We all make mistakes, but starting the Third World War would have been a rather large one. To this day, I still maintain it was not entirely my fault. But I'm getting ahead of myself. During the course of my life, I've barely escaped the wrath of an arms dealer in Hamburg, been strafed by a MiG during the Nigerian civil war, and landed during a bloody coup in Guinea-Bissau. The Stasi arrested me, the Israelis regaled me, the IRA prompted a quick move from Ireland to England, and a certain attractive Czech secret police agent - well, her actions were a bit more intimate. And that's just for starters. All of that I saw from the inside. But all that time I was, nonetheless, an outsider.' Trained first as a pilot, then as a journalist, Frederick Forsyth finally turned to fiction and became one of the most lauded thriller writers of our time. As exciting as his novels, Forsyth's autobiography is a candid look at an extraordinary life lived to the full, a life whose unique experiences have provided rich inspiration for thirteen internationally bestselling thrillers. --Amazon.com
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410481870
1410481875
Branch Call Number: LP 921 FORSYTH, FREDERICK
Characteristics: 499 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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sefton
Dec 18, 2015

The first half of this memoir was especially interesting (for me). It describes his father’s experiences in Malaya (pre independence from Britain) and Singapore, followed by his own adventures in France, Germany (including communist East Berlin), Africa and Hong Kong. This book would be of interest to anyone familiar with the places he visited. It also provides some insight into the workings of the British Secret Service in the 1960s and 1970s.

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NevD
Nov 13, 2015

Not as good as his fiction. Lacks personal details that make autobiography interesting.

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