Andy was a Special Guest at the Harrogate Crime Festival last weekend. The Telegraphs Jake Kerridge writes in his blog:
One game that’s proved popular here at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is “Guess Who Might Be Andy McNab”: any middle-aged man [note Greymansland 'cough'*] entering the Crown Hotel in Harrogate has been carefully scrutinised.
The soldier turned thriller-writer, who for security reasons is never photographed, eventually identified himself and spoke honestly and engagingly to the Harrogate audience on the subject of what it is like to write about murder and violence from the perspective of somebody who has actually killed people.
Reminiscing about his army days, he recalled how he used to save time by putting his socks on his hands, soaping them up and then scrubbing his hair, thus washing socks and hair simultaneously: it’s proved a useful tip for a busy festival weekend.
You can find Jake Kerridges Blog here
[* Relax.. middle-age sounds old but is "... usually considered to occur approximately between the ages of 40 and 60". The bad news is that "Middle-aged adults often show visible signs of aging such as loss of skin elasticity and graying of the hair. Physical fitness usually wanes, with a 5-10 kg (10-20 lb) accumulation of body fat, reduction in aerobic performance and a decrease in maximal heart rate. Strength and flexibility also decrease throughout middle age." The good news is... "However, people age at different rates and there can be large differences between individuals of the same age."]
On the 30th of October Andy will be guest speaker at the National Army Museum in Chelsea London, at 7.00pm.
“The bestselling author Bravo Two Zero charts his experiences as a member of the SAS, to mark the publication of his latest Nick Stone thriller Flashback.”
These events frequently sell out and purchase well in advance of the event is recommended. Book your tickets for Celebrity Lectures, Conferences and Study Days at the Museum Shop on 020 7730 0717 x2240.
Source: National Army Museum
An article in The Sun by Simon Hughes called ‘Hate Britain’ on June 19 - Andy McNab provides comment:
TALIBAN TURN TO TERROR ATTACKS
The latest tragic losses in Afghanistan show a worrying change of tactics by the Taliban.
They have realised they will never win in kinetic combat – going toe-to-toe against our troops.
Our infantry are too highly-trained, well equipped and have the bonus of air support.
Instead the Taliban, who have lost more than 12,000 fighters since the war began, have become more like insurgents, employing a tactic known as “scoot and shoot”.
Rather than engage our troops in gun and rocket-propelled grenade battles, they are more likely to plant roadside bombs and lie in ambush.
The change has led to the deaths of nine service personnel in ten days. It is a very disturbing trend.
Two big issues have arisen from the latest losses.
The first is that female soldiers ARE in the combat zone.
The second is the very important job being done by the Territorial Army’s special forces.
But what makes news of these deaths even harder to take is that it comes hours after hate preacher Abu Qatada was released.
As far as a lot of people are concerned he is a serious player in the group our forces are fighting in Afghanistan.
Soldiers are risking their lives every day.
Their families also live a day-to-day existence, praying not to hear of another fatality.
Read the full article here
This is an even better link: Andy McNabs Tour of Duty but ONLY IN THE UK! (humpf)
For those of you who have to rely on YouTube to see (or see again and again and again) “Andy McNab’s Tour of Duty” I’m gonna make it easier: Here are the links to the first 2 episodes, both in 5 parts.
Episode 1 – ”Under Siege”
Episode 2 – ”Face to Face”