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Forsyth trained as a Royal Air Force pilot before joining Reuters news agency in 1961 and beginning his career as a novelist in the '70s.In a memoir last year, he revealed he had worked extensively for MI6.Forsyth, who has only ever written on a typewriter, said he had tried an online search for Somalia, but had been "very dissatisfied" with the results.In an interview on the sidelines of a speaking engagement organized by the London Grill Club, Forsyth also spoke about his work for MI6 in Africa and the former Soviet bloc during the Cold War.Then, in 1973, Forsyth said he was asked to conduct a mission for MI6 in communist East Germany.Forsyth also has a weekly column in the Daily Express in which he often writes about counter-terrorism issues, military affairs and foreign policy.
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