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.”] 

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