2010
22.05

More spoils of war for McNab
By Hannah Stephenson – Press & Journal
Published: 22/05/2010

His latest novel, War Torn, which is also being made into a TV series, traces the stories of a platoon in Afghanistan who suffer both physical and mental injuries and how it affects their families back home.

The MoD granted him unprecedented access to Army welfare services so that he could get a genuine understanding of the lives of the families left behind.

“It’s not as bad as the doom and gloom that’s put about,” he says.

“In the last two years, there have been improvements.”

Counselling services for war-damaged soldiers are in place, but there’s still a stigma among servicemen about asking for psychological help, says McNab.

“In the Army, you’ve got this young, macho environment. They don’t want to be seen as ‘jellyheads’. But junior and senior NCOs are now trained to identify if there’s a problem and try and work it out at the early stages.”

Go here to read the full article in Press & Journal

2010
20.05

Andy was a guest at Simon Marlows show at BFBS Radio yesterday. They talk about War Torn amongst other things (and you’ll hear very good news about War Torn at the end of the interview!). To listen to the interview you go here, search for ‘Simon Marlow’, Wednesday Part 3 and – if you like – forward to 20.40 min.

Also Andy McNab’s ‘Kinetic’ – an episode on BBC’s Afternoon Reading about ‘Anger’ – can be listened to again here.

Thanx to Ali who sent us the links 🙂

2010
20.05

If you haven’t bought it yet, War Torn is on sale now for 55% off at Amazon!
For U.S. fans who have asked, yes you can order from Amazon UK — it’s the only way to get Andy’s latest books. And if enough of us Yanks order, they might start releasing them here as they do in the UK.
Here’s the link once again to the sale price, no coupon code required: War Torn 55% Off

2010
17.05

Topping & Company, booksellers of Bath and Ely

Andy McNab – Thursday 20th May

We are delighted to welcome Andy McNab back to Bath for the publication of his new book, War Torn.

Venue
The Bookshop
The Paragon
Bath
Somerset BA1 5LS
Tel: (01225) 428111

Time
Thursday 20th May – Doors open at 7.45pm for 8pm talk

Price
Tickets £7 with £7 off the book.
Special Bookshop Price: Tickets £5 with £5 off the book.

To benefit from the specially reduced price shown above, please make your booking in person at the bookshop before the day of the event.

Source: Topping & Company

2010
14.05

One Minute With: Andy McNab
14 May 2010

Where are you now and what can you see?

I am in London… in the boardroom of a military recruitment company called ForceSelect. The view is of the Toucan pub in Soho, where I’ll be going soon to meet a couple of mates very soon.

What are you currently reading?

‘Flipnosis’ by Dr Kevin Dutton. He is a research fellow at Cambridge University and talks like he should be selling fruit and veg on a market stall. He has written this brilliant book on the art of split-second persuasion.

Choose afavourite writer and say why you like him/her

I know there will be a collective sigh and readers will think “predictable”. However, it has to be Charles Dickens. He encapsulates human life. If you replaced his horse and carriage with a car, and his coal fire with central heating, his books could have been written yesterday

Decsribe the room where you usually write

In a small converted barn…It has two windows and far too many things to distract me.

What distracts you from writing?

Everything inside the barn… a TV, running machine, drum set and coffee machine. Also people continuously come in… I have a sign on the door that says “piss off I’m busy”. Thankfully they ignore that.

Which fictional character most resembles you?

It has to be Nick Stone, the hero of my thrillers. Everything good about him is, of course, me and everything bad I’ve made up.

What are your readers like?

They tell me they really love the books or really hate them. There never seems to be an in-between.

Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?

Muhammad Ali. Since I was a kid and discovered he never wore underpants, which I copied, he has been my hero. Not only for his boxing but for the way he always stood up for what he believed

Source: The Independent

2010
13.05

The Millennium Hotel group have kindly offered to host our very first charity dinner for us at The Millennium Knightsbridge Hotel  on Thursday 20 May to help us raise funds.  We are looking to raise money to help more veterans through our therapeutic treatment and get them back to living a normal life free from all the symptoms of PTSD.  So far we have treated over 200 veterans and are getting fantastic results with the guys feeling like they can get back into civilian life and enjoy themselves once again.

The dinner will have some great food, a night of entertaining cabaret as well as a fab raffle with all sorts of prizes including an abseiling opportunity.

If any of you would like to attend please get in touch with Annie at the Millennium Hotel on 020 7201 6330 or email mu.knightsbridge@millenniumhotels.co.uk This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and/or please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested in our charity and would want to help this worthy cause.  Please take a look at our website Talking2Minds and or give me a call.

I am going with a group of Talking2Minds people who will all be available to tell you all about the charity and what great results we are achieving so far and if anyone is interested in getting involved in helping this would be a great way to start.

Fiona Gordon Smart
Talking2Minds Fundraising