2010
16.04

I would say it myself, but it’s been said so much better by friend of GML ‘Camban’ that it’s best to just share what he wrote on another forum:
‘Well, that’s it then. It has been announced that McNab is planning to vote Conservative at the next general election. A bunch of Old Etonian half wits who just want the top jobs for no discernable reason, with no trace of experience or skill between them it’s a terrifying prospect. And people are stupid enough to vote for them, including, it seems, our working class squaddie foundling. Oh the corrupting influence of fame and fortune, the distortion of perspective it brings. Probably no coincidence that the paper he is a columnist for also supports that bunch of work-shy toffs, couldn’t contemplate the loss of income should he remain true to his roots, or even common sense. Will still read his books though, only buying used from now on, hah! that’s cost ya already! Unless of course Nick Stone morphs into some kind of Martini quaffing, tuxedo wearing, babe magnet, now that the author has joined the ranks of pseudo toffery; sad that.’

Sorry, Andy, but that’s how a lot of your fans see it. For more on Andy McNab’s politics, check out his columns in The Sun.

2010
11.04

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2010
11.04

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2010
08.04

There’s a new book coming this summer, written by Andy with co-writer ‘Kym Jordan’ (Liz Rigbey): ‘War Torn’ – A novel of Men at War.

Small synopsis: “Set both in Afghanistan and the UK, War Torn revolves around a close knit group of soldiers and their friends, families, and loved ones.”

From what I understand is that the book revolves around Sergeant Dave Henley and his unit, who are on a military mission in Helmand, Afghanistan – and the home-front: Jenny Henley and the other women and families left behind: As much as their loved ones are dealing with the dangers in a war-torn country, they struggle with their fear and anxiety, trying to cope with ‘being apart’ and not knowing whether their husbands are hurt…or worse. The story is told from the soldiers point of view as well as that from their spouses at home.

Liz (Elizabeth) Rigbey (1957), Andy’s co-writer,  has written 3 very successful novels: Total Eclipse (1995), Summer Time (2003) and The Hunting Season (2007). She studied English literature, has been a scriptwriter for BBC TV and radio and has also been a consultant for international aid projects in various countries, including Russia, Kenya and Afghanistan. Having 2 children, she says to be inspired by motherhood.

There will be a second book in this series which I think will be published in the summer of 2011. And also good news is that an outline has been optioned by the BBC for a Sunday evening TV drama.

For any non-English speaking fans I’m afraid I only know of one translation so far: The Dutch translation of War Torn will be published in September by Uitgeverij Bruna and the title will be ‘Afghanistan-Missie’.

2010
02.04

Andy McNab gets down to business
Apr 01 2010

Ex-SAS man and famed author Andy McNab underwent a covert operation in Iraq, did a stint in an Iraqi gaol and is wanted by terrorist organisations. Here he speaks to SmallBusiness.co.uk about his new recruitment company for ex-servicemen ‘ForceSelect’.

Why did you start the company?

There’s around 20,000 to 22,000 servicemen leaving the army each year and many have no idea of what to do next, so I decided to help them get employment. For the first six months after leaving the military some people find it really difficult to manage their finances, especially the younger guys. You don’t have to worry about things like council tax or TV licences in the military, so we also advise them on how to adjust to those aspects of civilian life.

How did you get it off the ground?

I went to the Ministry of Defence to discuss the sorts of things we could provide. I then spent a lot of time speaking to different industries to explain what they could expect to get for their money by hiring ex-military employees. The major benefit is that they have a really good work ethic, are reliable and have a strong sense of loyalty. So it’s not about charity, what we have in fact is a really good product. Emotion aside, we’ve had some great responses from employers.

What have you had to learn?

I didn’t realise what a big industry the recruitment business is in the UK. I’ve also had to learn about compliance and what you can and can’t do according to employment law. It’s pretty full on.

What’s your career highlight?

There’s been two things. One has been doing my work with charity for those who have been wounded in conflicts Help for Heroes and think the other will be this. It’s really rewarding to see the process of people applying work and then getting jobs.

Would you have done anything differently?

I could be here for a long time, starting with the very first day I joined the army. I suppose the obvious thing would be not getting caught as a prisoner in Iraq, but I don’t regret that because it changed my life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if I want to repeat it but it’s part and parcel of all the experiences that have shaped me.

Source: Smallbusiness.co.uk