Interview with Author of 'The Frenchman'

Plunge into the covert and dangerous world of espionage with a real French spy.

Join us for a fascinating members-only event with Jack Beaumont, author of the gripping thriller The Frenchman, based on his real-life experience as a former French intelligence operative. 

During this one-hour online interview in French, Beaumont will discuss his debut novel, revealing the ways his unique insight and knowledge have informed his writing, his inspiration behind the character of Alec de Payns, and much more.

Please note that this is event is open only to current members and students. If you would like to become a member click here


Synopsis of The Frenchman

Alec de Payns is an operative in the secretive Y Division of the DGSE, France's famed foreign intelligence service. He's the agent at the sharp end of clandestine missions, responsible for eliminating terror threats and disrupting illegal nuclear and biological weapons programs. The element the missions have in common is danger - danger to de Payns, to his team and to those who stand in his way. But increasingly it's not just the enemies of France that are being damaged by de Payns' actions. His marriage is under strain, and at the back of his mind lurks the fear that haunts every operative with a family - what if they come after my children?

When a routine mission in Palermo to disrupt a terrorist organisation goes fatally wrong, Alec is forced to confront the possibility that they may have been betrayed by a fellow operative. And now he's been tasked to investigate a secretive biological weapons facility in Pakistan. Alec must find out how they're producing a weaponised bacteria capable of killing millions, and what they plan to do with it. But with a traitor in the ranks, it's not just Alec in the firing line. Soon he'll be forced to confront his worst fear - and the potential destruction of Paris itself.

About your speaker

Jack Beaumont is the pseudonym of a former operative in the clandestine operations branch of the French foreign secret service, the DGSE. He joined 'The Company' after being an air force fighter pilot and later flying special operations and intelligence missions. Beaumont's background gives The Frenchman a level of authenticity that few other spy thrillers have been able to achieve.


Friday 22 October,
1:00pm – 2:00pm,
Online Zoom event


Free (please note that only those with a current membership or studentship can attend)