48: Spy Fans Guide to the Works of Frederick Forsyth

On this episode of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, Shane Whaley hosts a round table discussion on the life and books of spy writer Frederick Forsyth.

3 Spy fans chat about the works and life of Frederick Forsyth
3 Spy fans chat about the works and life of Frederick Forsyth

Author and spy, yes spy, Frederick Forsyth has been writing for over 50 years. The former Reuters man is best known for his debut novel ‘Day of the Jackal' as well as The Odessa File, The Dogs of War and The Fourth Protocol. He has written almost 30 books with a new novel The Fox due out later in 2018.


Shane is joined by Tom from the Literary 007 website and writer David Holman. Think of this episode as a primer on Fredrick Forsyth as it is impossible to do justice to a master storyteller who has been writing for almost 50 years.  On this round panel we discuss:

  • How did David Holman and Tom get into Frederick Forsyth's work?
  • What is so appealing about Forsyth's writing?
  • What Frederick Forsyth and John le Carre have in common when it comes to research for their spy books
  • Which Forsyth novel should those new to his work start with.
  • How does Frederick Forsyth's later work stack up?
  • The movie adaptations of Forsyth's novels and which of his books does David reckon is crying out to be adapted for the big screen.

And Much More!

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Links, Books and Resources mentioned on Episode 48 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast

Spybrary Spy Podcast guide to the works of Frederick Forsyth
Spybrary Spy Podcast guide to the works of Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth Author Page at Penguin

David Holman Official Author Website
Literary 007 website

How to get started with Frederick Forsyth? These are the 4 Spybrary recommendations if you are new to his spy books. The Outsider is his autobiography but reads well and is a page turner.

The Devils Alternative – Frederick Forsyth
The Long Engagement Memoirs of a Cold War Legend– John Peet
Rogue Male – Geoffrey Household

Frederick Forsyth Movies

The Day of the Jackal

The Fourth Protocol

The Dogs of War

Frederick Forsyth Presents

Other Frederick Forsyth Resources

Fantastic Fiction Biography on Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth Book Series in Order.

Frederick Forsyth Thrilling in Real Life. Review on NPR

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