2010
03.05

Soldier turned best-selling author Andy McNab is to speak at The Tank Museum to mark the release of his new novel ‘War Torn’.

Drawing on his own military experience and extensive research he has conducted both in theatre and on the ‘home front’, ‘War Torn’ provides a window on the experience of the modern British soldier in Helmand – and at home.

Date of Event: 19th May 2010
Time of Event: 19:30
Venue: The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG – Tel: (+44) (0)1929 405096
Entry Fee: £12.50

Source: The Tank Museum

2010
23.03

To mark the publication of his new book ‘Spoken from the Front 2’, ex-SAS man Andy McNab will be giving a talk at the National Army Museum about “modern-day heroes fighting modern-day wars”, on 15 September 2010.

During the talk he will recount the courage and hardship of British servicemen as they face the difficulties posed by the Afghanistan war.

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London
Tel:+44 (0) 207 881 2455
Buses:170 171 360
Trains:Sloane Square
Date:15th Sepember 2010 — 7 PM
Cost:£10

2010
26.01

Here is SAS tough guy Andy McNab flying the flag for The Road – even though he can’t show us his face.

The soldier-turned-best-selling author was happy to don the famous orange club cap to show his support for King’s Road.
He also signed it and said “best wishes” and “good luck” to help spur us on this season. But – because he has to stay anonymous – the legendary squaddie had to be pictured with his back to us. He said: “I’m right behind you boys.” McNab – who was visiting a King’s Road player’s office – is the latest in a series of stars to get behind the Orange Caps.

Source: King’s Road Cricket and Social Club

2009
27.11

ANDY MCNAB TALKS TO COLCHESTER TROOPS

Source & Rights: ColGarrisonfm’s Photostream

2009
27.11

November 2009

From a 16 year-old juvenile delinquent languishing at Her Majesty’s pleasure in a north London borstal to becoming the writer of the highest-selling war book the country has ever seen is, to put it mildly, an eventful journey.  And for one night in Screen Two at the Broadway Cinema, Andy McNab, Britain’s most famous soldier-turned-writer took us through it as part of a promotional tour for his two new books.

Inaccurate expectations of Andy McNab aren’t hard to develop.  Photos of him are strictly forbidden on promotional tours due to the sensitive nature of some of his past work, which makes it tricky if you’re organising the event and waiting for McNab to turn up.  Since the publishers won’t send out photos, Ross Bradshaw (whose Lowdham Book Festival on Tour event this was) spoke in the introduction of his giving a number of people significant looks before McNab finally came forth and revealed himself.  Personally, I was hoping for a cross between Sean Bean (who played McNab in the BBC adaptation of Bravo Two Zero) and a scary brick wall, with perhaps a bristling moustache that carried with it an unmistakeably military air.  Inevitably, McNab is nothing of the kind, looking like a particularly well-groomed PE teacher and talking like the very epitome of a Sarf Landahn wideboy.

Keeping a close eye on the watch he kept in the palm of his hand, McNab talked for almost an hour, taking us from his recruitment into the Royal Greenjackets at 16 to his present career as a writer, consultant on military matters for films such as Heat and Pearl Harbour and member of several committees that care for soldiers in and returning from war.  In between these two points the audience were treated to tales of applying for the SAS, his training in the Air Assault Troop, missions in West Africa, Colombia, Northern Ireland and of course the ill-fated mission in the first Gulf War that led to his 1.8 million-selling first book.  Loving mentions of whatever he was driving at the time (Peugeot Turbo, Red Lancia, etc) served as amusing punctuation to stories of gunfights and creeping through jungles.

Most interesting were his insights into the practical realities of soldiering and the effects of stress on those in war, including the most succinct and clear explanation of the condition we know as ‘post traumatic stress disorder’ I’ve ever heard.  The consequences of PTSD have obviously been bought home to him over the years: of the fellow soldiers in his SAS troop only he and one other have avoided prison or death on active service or by their own hand.  His own strategy for coping with the ordeals his army career has put him through was rather less complicated than most: “Not giving a shit, really”.  Tales of obvious bravery were leavened with flashes of humour (raids on drug fields in Colombia were usually scheduled for Thursdays, as the whole team liked to be in Bogota for the weekend nightlife) and delivered with the patter of a natural talker.

Questions from the audience covered the bizarre experiments such as those currently on show in the recent film release The Men Who Stare At Goats (McNab’s entirely practical take on using amphetamines is that you’d better not be using them on a mission that lasts over 72 hours) to his thoughts on the media uproar on the MOD charging for parcels delivered to the frontlines after years of paying for it themselves (the money usually used for this was channelled into free wifi for the troops, swapping, in McNab’s words “parcels of sweaty mars bars and socks” for the infinitely preferable option for most soldiers of “email and porn”).  Warm applause at the end made it plain McNab’s talk had gone down well, and it’s hard not to warm to a man who can put brutal torture behind him and make jokes about it without batting an eye.

After the talk a long queue of happy customers formed in the Mezzanine Bar upstairs for a session of signing his two new books: Exit Wounds continues the adventures of McNab’s hero Nick Stone, while Spoken From the Front is a McNab-edited collection of first-hand accounts from the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Source: LeftLion

2009
14.11

My Week: Andy McNab
Saturday, 14 November 2009

The author and former member of the SAS is on a new mission meeting audiences of infantrymen – and passing on to them the joys of reading

Monday
I’m on a promotional tour for my new book and I’m due to give a talk at RAF Lossiemouth, up in the north of Inverness, but it was all a bit Planes, Trains and Automobiles today because we never actually get there. We take a flight from Gatwick but we get stuck in Aberdeen airport as there’s too much fog. We end up getting trains and taxis to Edinburgh and we lose the whole day.

Tuesday
We go to Catterick today, which has the biggest military garrison in Europe. I’m giving a talk to the Infantry Training Centre where everybody does the 26-week basic infantry training course. I talk to them mainly about the benefits of getting an education. Even now, on average an infantry recruit has the reading age of an 11-year-old. I tell them all the war stories about my time in the SAS and the glamorous bits about writing books and getting involved in films. But I really try to encourage them all to continue with their education while they’re training and take advantage of the opportunities that are there within the army. I hang out with the new recruits. They try and get me to do an assault course or arm-wrestle them; all that sort of business but it’s good fun. A lot of these guys will be going to Afghanistan next year. It’s not time for Britain to leave there yet. Whether we like it, we’re there and to pull out now would affect the situation here. We have to try to get the police and the Afghan army up to a credible level of training and competence which is going to be hard. Everybody wants to get the job done and get out but it has to work; otherwise we’re back to square one.

Wednesday
I go to Wakefield to talk to the West Yorkshire Police. I’m a patron of Help for Heroes so they have an event for Remembrance Day. I talk about my career and but ultimately it’s all to raise money. People are really behind the charity, which is great, and we manage to get lots of money out of policemen.

Thursday
I’m involved in an initiative called Quick Reads which re-engage people who haven’t read for a while, or find reading difficult, with a range of books which can be read in about an hour and a half. I go to three schools around Liverpool and talk about books and how reading has helped me. When I joined the army at 16, the first book I read was a Janet and John book which is designed for children. But I felt proud at having finished a book, even if it had just a couple of sentences a page.

Friday
I drive to Sheffield today to sign lots of my latest book, Exit Wound. It follows Nick Stone again, but this time he’s trying to make some money for himself rather than saving the world! I then go to Nottingham for another event to encourage reading. I always tell them the same thing: pick up a book – what’s the worst that could happen?

Source: The Independent