Frederick Forsyth admits he scoured a graveyard for names and details of dead ...

Frederick Forsyth admits he scoured a graveyard for names and details of dead ...
Frederick Forsyth admits he scoured a graveyard for names and details of dead ...
The Day Of The Jackal writer Frederick Forsyth admits he scoured a graveyard for names and details of dead children to convince himself the storyline could work in real life Forsyth admits he stole a dead boy's name and details for The Day of The Jackal He said he did it in order to convince himself the storyline could work in real life Forsyth scoured a graveyard for the names of suitable children, he reveals today

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The clever plot has gripped readers and film fans for half a century.

At the heart of Frederick Forsyth's masterpiece, The Day Of The Jackal, is a notorious fraud which exposed how anyone could apply for a birth certificate and passport in the name of a dead child.

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But on the 50th anniversary of the thriller, Forsyth has thrown one more unlikely twist into the drama by admitting that he personally stole a dead boy's name and details in order to convince himself the storyline could work in real life.

Just as the fictional Jackal assumes the identity of a dead boy in his attempt to assassinate the President of France, so Forsyth scoured a graveyard for the names of suitable children, he told The Mail on Sunday.

Having found one, the author then obtained a birth certificate and applied for a passport in the name of a boy called Duggan – later used in the novel.

At the heart of Frederick Forsyth’s masterpiece, The Day Of The Jackal, is a notorious fraud which exposed how anyone could apply for a birth certificate and passport in the name of a dead child

At the heart of Frederick Forsyth's masterpiece,

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