News & Star
Cumberland News
20 November 2012

‘For security reasons, photography is not permitted at this event.’

These words of warning had greeted fans of Andy McNab in Carlisle last week.

The former SAS soldier turned bestselling author was appearing at the city’s Crown and Mitre Hotel to talk about his new book and his two careers.

McNab has never knowingly been photographed, other than in shadow, since leaving the SAS.

So how did the Bravo Two Zero author ensure that none of the full house of 240 fans sneaked a crafty photo on their mobile phone?

Gwenda Matthews of Bookends bookshop helped to organise the event.

“At the start of the event, people were asked not to take photos,” she reports.

“Had anyone taken a photo, Andy’s literary agent would probably have asked them to delete it. It seems this had happened once or twice on the national tour.

“Andy did not stay behind a screen, no mask, no balaclava – just himself in the open, much to everyone’s delight.

“He said the main reason for not taking photos is to protect the informants who worked with him who are still in Northern Ireland.”

The author spoke for an hour then spent two hours signing books – and, intriguingly, a My Little Pony – and talking to fans.

Bookends were allowed to take this photo, but not a great deal is revealed.

Mr McNab might struggle to have it accepted for his passport.

Revealed: The back of his head:


Source: News & Star Cumberland News (Photo & quote from Twitter)


“The whole point is the more you read the more power you get because it’s all about knowledge.” ~ Andy McNab

29 October 2012

Former SAS soldier Andy McNab gave fans an insight into his life and his new books as a part of Portsmouth bookfest 2012 on Saturday night.

With over 100 people in attendance aged from 5 to 75, Andy McNab took centre stage at the Admiral Lord Nelson School to reveal life secrets and the background behind his books.

The best-selling British author also expressed his passion to try to get more young people reading.

Andy McNab said: “The whole point is the more you read the more power you get because it’s all about knowledge.”

There was also an opportunity for book lovers to get their hands on McNab’s latest release ‘Red Notice’, and a book which isn’t due for release until January ‘New Recruit’.

McNab had the sell out audience glued to their seats with combat stories from his 17 year career in the military.Tales of training, fighting and capture made for another special bookfest event.

The 52-year-old also shed light on the background behind the plots, characters and writing style of his books.

Andy McNab fan, 18-year-old Katie Boness said: “It was a fantastic experience to hear all of Andy’s war stories and background behind his books, one experience that I will never forget.”

The audience also heard of McNab’s work in schools, the army, prisons and detention centre’s to try and inspire younger people to start reading.

Andy McNab told the audience: “The more we are encouraged to read the better it is. It’s the way to do something you want to do instead of something you have to do.”

There was a chance at the end of the event for fans to get their books signed by Andy McNab himself.

Source: About My Area – Local-New Portsmouth



SAS soldier and bestselling thriller writer Andy McNab is back with a brand new hero…

Deep beneath the English Channel, a small army of Russian terrorists has seized control of the Eurostar with 400 hostages.
One man stands in their way. An off-duty SAS soldier is hiding inside the train.
Alone and injured, he’s the only chance the passengers have of getting out alive.

Meet McNab’s explosive new creation, Sergeant Tom Buckingham, as he unleashes a whirlwind of intrigue and retribution in his attempt to stop the terrorists and save everyone on board – including the woman he loves.

Hurtling us at breakneck speed between the Regiment’s crack assault teams, Whitehall’s corridors of power and the heart of the Eurotunnel action, Red Notice is McNab at his devastatingly authentic, pulse pounding best.

27 October 2012 – 19.30u
Andy will be appearing at Portsmouth BookFest to talk his new book Red Notice and his latest book for young adults, The New Recruit. Suitable for adults and children.

Admiral Lord Nelson Business & Enterprise College Portsmouth
PO3 5XT Box Office 023 92 688 037

For more information go to the Portsmouth Bookfest 2012 website

28 October 2012 – 12.00u
Join Andy at the Chester Literary Festival to hear him speak about Red Notice and the launch of his new character, SAS operative Tom Buckingham./em>

Chester Town Hall Chester Town Hall,
Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HJ
box office on 0845 241 7868
Tickets 11 GBP

For more information go to the Chester Literature Festival website

29 October 2012 – 12.00u (?)
Join Andy for a book signing at Blackwells bookshop in Edinburgh on Monday 29th October

Blackwell’s Bookshop Unit 6/7 Royal Bank of Scotland HQ Gogarburn Edinburgh EH12 1H
Find out more: 0131 626 3015

30 October 2012 – 10.00u
Andy will be appearing at the Catterick Garrison Library to talk about his life and work and to promote the Six Book Challenge.,/em.

Gough Rd Catterick Garrison
North Yorkshire DL9 3EL
Free event with refreshments but entry by ticket only. Collect your ticket from Catterick Library from Saturday 6 October 2012.
For further information please contact Catterick Garrison Library on 0845 034 9501

30 October 2012 – 14.00u
Andy will be paying a visit to the Harrogate Army Foundation College Library to talk about his life and work.

Army Foundation College
Penny Pot Lane Harrogate HG3 2SE

30 October 2012 – 19.30u
Join Andy for a talk and book signing at Guisborough Bookshop in Yorkshire.

4 Chaloner Street, Guisborough
Tickets are £5, redeemable against purchase of the book.

For more information go to the Guisborough Bookshop website

31 October 2012 – 19.00u
Join Andy at the Peterborough Library for a talk and a book signing.

Central Library,
Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX
tel 01733 864280
Tickets £5 (£3 concessions and book group members). Available from Central Library and Waterstones Peterborough. For more information go to the Peterborough website

2 November 2012 – 19.30u
Andy will be speaking at The Cambridge Union Society on Friday 2nd November

The Cambridge Union Society
9A Bridge Street Cambridge CB2 1UB
Tel: (+44) (0) 1223 566 421

For more information go to the Cambridge Union Society website

5 november 2012 – 19.00u
Andy will be speaking at Liverpool Town Hall on Monday 5th November.

Liverpool Town Hall
High Street Liverpool L2 3SW
Telephone: 0151 225 5530

6 November 2012 – 19.00u
In association with Rossiter Books, Andy will be appearing at the Blake Theatre and will be signing books after the show.

Almshouse Street Monmouth NP25 3XP
Doors open at 6.30PM Starts at 7.00PM
Price: £8.00
Box Office: 01600 719401

For more information go to The Blake Theater website

8 November 2012 – 19.30u
Author talk followed by a question and answer session and a book signing opportunity

Ramsden Street
HD1 2TA Huddersfield
Box Office 01484 223200 / 01484 222444 / 01924 324501
Tickets £2

For more information go to the Kirklees Town Halls website

12 November 2012 – 19.30u
Enjoy an evening with Andy McNab, who will be giving a talk on Red Notice and his own life and experiences followed by a book signing.

Crown and Mitre Hotel
English Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8HZ
Tel:01228 529067 Gwenda Matthews
Tickets – £5 (and redeemable as a £5 voucher when buying the book at the event) from Bookends
Doors and bar opens 18:45u

For more information go to the Discover Carlisle website

We’re hoping lots of you will be able to meet Andy and have your book(s) signed!! Enjoy 🙂



Former SAS soldier and author Andy McNab has paid a visit to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate to encourage education and reading among junior soldiers.


Author Andy McNab is coming to Huddersfield to give a talk. The bestselling action author – who wrote titles including Bravo Two Zero – will be at Huddersfield Town Hall on Monday, June 11.

Tickets have gone on sale for the event which will include a talk, questions and answers session and book signing.

McNab will be appearing from 7.30pm to 9pm on June 11. Tickets cost £2 and are available online at: www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls or call 01484 223200 or 01924 324501.

Source: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner