He sold his house in Ireland in 1980 and returned to England because of fear of kidnap by the IRA.
The Biafra Story, published in 1969, was the first book of Frederick Forsyth's to be published and dealt with the true situation in Biafra at the time. His subsequent individual publications, with the exception of Emeka which also deals with the Biafran war, have all been novels.
The research he carried out about the Biafran War for his book, The Biafra Story, was later used in his novel The Dogs of War about Biafran mercenaries.
He is a life-long Conservative: however, he is not afraid to openly oppose their policies.
He lied about his age to get into the Royal Air Force. He was accepted to join whilst only 17 years and seven months old, the legal minimum age was 18.
He is a patron of BETTER OFF OUT, a cross-party campaign for British independence from the European Union.
At the age of 16 he got an RAF flying scholarship and qualified to fly Tiger Moths. He then carried out his compulsory National Service in the Royal Air Force from 1956 to 1958.
When he was a boy he built models of fighter aircraft and hung them from the ceiling of his room.
He spent years as a tax exile in County Wicklow, Ireland.
His stories are often told against a background of real events, people and places.
The Day of the Jackal (1971) which was his first novel, later made into a movie, only took thirty-five days to write.
Frederick Forsyth is fluent in three foreign languages: French, Spanish, and German.
A complete bibliography of his works is shown below:
1969 The Biafra Story
1971 The Day of the Jackal
1972 The Odessa File
1974 The Dogs of War
1975 The Shepherd
1979 The Devil's Alternative
1983 No Comebacks
1984 The Fourth Protocol
1989 The Negotiator
1991 The Deceiver
1991 Great Flying Stories
1994 The Fist of God
1999 The Phantom of Manhattan
2001 The Veteran
2006 The Afghan
He served in the Royal Air Force as one of the youngest pilots at the time; he was 19 years old.
Frederick Forsyth: The Internet offers authors and their readers a new diversity of opportunities and freedom.
Frederick Forsyth: I got my wings flying Vampires out of RAF Worksop, Notts. I skipped university to do it (no regrets) then left to fulfil ambition number two: to be a foreign correspondent and travel the world.
Frederick Forsyth: I was born on 25 August, 1938. The mortal threat back then was a scruffy little Austrian called Adolf Hitler. A week after my first birthday, the threat had become reality. We were at war. My father wore a uniform for five years.
Frederick Forsyth: If a man cannot keep an affair secret, what is he doing in charge of the Intelligence Service?
Frederick Forsyth: In the 66 years that I have been alive, there has not been one hour, of one day, of one month, of one year, when there has not been a threat aimed at us.
Frederick Forsyth: The British have always coped without becoming a dictatorship.