Much derring-do from the king of the airport thrillers

While the Outsider contains more dramatic incidents than some of his bestselling thrillers, Forsyth insists it is not an autobiography

25th October, 2015
Frederick Forsyth’s memoir is a collection of anecdotes as rip-roaring as any of his novelsMurdo MacLeod

When Pope John Paul II announced his visit to Ireland in 1979, Charles Haughey was terrified that someone would try to shoot him. The minister for health sought advice from a friend of his, a British author who had created perhaps the most famous fictional assassin in history. Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal and resident in Co Wicklow for tax reasons, thought Haughey’s fears were bizarre but agreed to compile a...

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