2011
08.08

Here are this years tour dates (so far).. it’s got to be possible to meet Andy McNab sometime!!! Good luck all

Saturday 17 September, 12-2pm
Waterstones
12-13 High St
Colchester CO1 1DA
(Tickets free)
Further details: 0843 290 8251

We are very excited to have the thriller writer Andy McNab coming to the store to sign copies of his latest Nick Stone novel. Unfortunately photography will not be permitted during this event.

Monday 19 September, 8pm (though not mentioned on their website yet!)
Toppings Bookshop
Paragon, Bath BA1 5LS
(Tickets £7 redeemable against the price of the book)

Tuesday 20 September, 12-2pm
Waterstones
7-9 High St
Salisbury SP1 2NJ
(Tickets free)
Further details: 0843 2908575

The new Nick Stone thriller is coming out, and Andy McNab will be in Salisbury signing copies. Come and meet the Bravo Two Zero legend turned bestselling novelist and patron of Help for Heroes. Signed copies can be reserved. Unfortunately, no photography will be permitted at the signing.

Tuesday 20 September, 7.30pm
The Drill Hall – Organised by Chepstow Bookshop
Lower Church St
Chepstow NP16 5HJ
(Tickets £4 redeemable against price of book)

SAS hero and author of the bestseller “Bravo Two Zero” Andy McNab returns to Chepstow to talk about his new Nick Stone novel “Dead Centre.”  Please note that tickets must be bought in advance for this event and strictly no photography is allowed (including mobile phone).

Wednesday 21 September, 7pm
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London
(Tickets £10 Standard /Concession: £7.50)
Further details: 020 7881 6600
See also our earlier post on Grey Man’s Land

Friday 23 September, 12.30-2pm
Waterstones
Leadenhall Market
London
(Tickets free)

Friday 23 September,  7pm
Waterstones
297a High St
Lincoln LN2 1AF
(Tickets £3)
Further details: 01522 540011

Andy McNab will be in store talking about and signing his new thriller.

Saturday 24 September, 12.30-2pm
Waterstones
1/5 Bridlesmith Gate
Nottingham NG1 2GR
(Tickets free)

Saturday 8 October, 4.45pm
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (Montpellier Gardens)
(Tickets £8)
Further details Cheltenham Festivals website

Bigger and better than ever, the Festival returns for its 62nd year with a heady brew of the best writers, thinkers and agenda-setters brought together for an amazing 10 days of discussions, debates and happenings that will stay with you for ever.
To celebrate 50 years since it was first published, Catch-22 has been selected as this year’s Big Read. It’s a particularly appropriate choice given that its author, Joseph Heller, did his last ever public event at Cheltenham in 1999. Now, admirers of this classic novel, academic Sarah Churchwell, and authors Mohammed Hanif and Andy McNab discuss its enduring appeal. Photography is not permitted at this event.

Saturday 8 October, 8.45pm
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (Imperial Square)
(Tickets £10)
Further details Cheltenham Festivals website

What is it really like to be a soldier in the thick of battle? Who better to ask than SAS man turned author, Andy McNab. Here he reflects on “modern day heroes fighting modern day wars”, and the real-life stories from the battlefields of Afghanistan collected in his book, Spoken From the Front. Photography is not permitted at this event.

2011
22.07

Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

EA released pictures from some Battlefield 3 motion capture sessions. Former SAS operative and novelist, Andy McNab is advising DICE on weapon handling and stance seen in the pictures below.

DICE is working closely with highly decorated ex-SAS operator and acclaimed author, Andy McNab, to ensure the authenticity and grittiness of today’s war is captured in both the single player and multiplayer campaigns.

Source: Planet Battlefield

A book, simply called Battlefield 3, has turned up on online shops.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble both list Battlefield 3 the book for release later this year.

According to the shops it’s by Battlefield executive producer Patrick Bach and Andy McNab, the pseudonym of a former SAS operative and soldier and novelist.

Amazon says the book is 400 pages long and launches alongside the game on 25th October this year.

Battlefield 3 Blog, which spotted the listings, speculates that given McNab is listed as co-author, the book could be the novel of Battlefield 3’s storyline, much of which developer DICE has so far kept under wraps.

Source: Euro Gamer

2011
18.07

Hannah Stodell, The Grocer
09 July 2011

Bravo Two Zero author and former SAS man Andy McNab has unveiled the Bravo2Burger the first product in a new lads’ snack range.

Developed by McNab and Red Lion Foods, the pack of two chilled burgers in buns (rsp: £2.99) will roll out to supermarkets from September. Red Lion, which donates all its post-tax profits to armed forces charities, said the Bravo2 range would be a fresh face in “man snacks”, and plans to add a cheeseburger and hotdog to the line-up.

McNab rose to prominence after publishing an autobiographical account of SAS patrol Bravo Two Zero and has since gone on to write more than a dozen fictional thrillers. He will help to market the burgers, which will feature ‘McNab Missions’ on-pack competitions giving shoppers the chance to win Bravo2 games and merchandise.

Red Lion Foods launched 70 household staples last October and has since raised £450,000 for armed forces causes and charities including SSAFA, Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

It expects its donations to hit £1m by the end of the year and is planning to launch new products including pizzas, chicken, beef and bananas over the coming months.

The latest launch follows the appointment of McNab and Lieutenant General Paul Newton CBE as non-executive directors to advise on its work and act as brand ambassadors.

“Bravo2 will be a really fun product to add to our growing offer and is a great way for Andy McNab to get involved with the brand,” said Red Lion marketing ­director David Wilkinson.

Source: The Grocer

2011
18.07

The ForceSelect Foundation is planning to embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. this month with notable UK rock stars including Luke Morley of legendary rock band Thunder and the Union to raise funds for small military charities across the UK.

Bestselling author and SAS hero Andy McNab and Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE, the British Army’s Director of Infantry, will form part of the ForceSelect team with Peter Shoulder of the Union, who won the WC Handy Award from the Blues Foundation of America, previously only won by Eric Clapton and Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac.

The road trip sets off from Cranbrook in Canada on July 11 and will take in the stunning scenery including Glacier National Park, thought to be one of the greatest rides in the US. It finishes six days and 1,000 miles later in Ketchum, USA, where there will be a concert to raise further charitable funds.

The ‘Great British Invasion’ concert, which will also raise funds for US and Canadian military charities, will entertain thousands of fans at the Sun Valley Pavilion with bands such as The Union, winners of Classic Rock Awards’ Best New Breakthrough Band 2010, Thunder and Marina V.

The ForceSelect Foundation, which is led by former Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mike Jackson, raises funds from charity initiatives, corporate and individual donations and a percentage of the profits from leading recruitment consultancy and sister company, ForceSelect to support smaller military charities that are struggling for funding.

Andy McNab said: “I cannot wait to get on the Harley and drive off into the sunset. I’m a great fan of the film Easy Rider and it’s been an ambition of mine for some time to see Canada and the US from a bike. This will be a once in a lifetime experience and something I’m really looking forward to.”

Go here to read the full article

2011
09.07

Bravo one zero zero zero: Now McNab funds two volunteers

London Evening Standard
By Anna Davis, Education Correspondent
20 Jun 2011

Former SAS soldier turned novelist Andy McNab is to pay for two frontline volunteers to help children to read.

The Bravo Two Zero writer has thrown his weight behind the Evening Standard’s literacy campaign and donated £1,000 to the cause.

It comes after he also donated a book for adults who have problems reading, to encourage them to start becoming more literate.

More than 10,000 Evening Standard readers downloaded his ebook the Grey Man and Ruth Rendell’s The Thief – “Quick Reads” that can be read by adults with a reading age of nine or above.

Mr McNab said: “It wasn’t until I joined the Army as a boy soldier, when I had a reading age of 11, that I really had the chance to get an education. I’d like to think that other children today shouldn’t have to wait as long. If we can get them reading as early as possible, that’s got to be a great thing.”

Mr McNab advised other adults in a similar position to ignore anyone who laughs at them, and seek help learning to read. He said: “When I was in the Army I was told that the only reason I couldn’t read was because I didn’t read.

“You just have to get on with it. If there is a book that is accessible, short and sharp that is great. Just because you don’t read doesn’t mean you are thick.”

“I would say, ignore what anybody else thinks, just get on with it. At the end of the day it will be you who will be able to read with your children.”

Source:  London Evening Standard

Thanks Angel!

2011
21.05

Childline Rocks presents England Rocks – Hands Across The Water

May 14, 2011

Entitled England Rocks- Hands Across the Water, this summer’s ChildLine Rocks event will raise money for ChildLine by hosting a six day charity motorbike ride beginning in Cranbrook, BC in Canada and finishing in Ketchum, Idaho in the USA. Profits from the minimum pledged by each UK, US & Canadian rider (up to 50) embarking on this adventure are guaranteed to go straight to the charity.

In return for this generous contribution, enthusiasts will have the opportunity to ride iconic Harley Davidson motorbikes across some of the most breathtaking scenery, in the company of some extraordinary people. For instance, they will have Andy McNab DCM MM (a ChildLine Rocks ambassador, Patron of The Force Select Foundation & Help the Heroes, former SAS servicemen and bestselling author), the founder of March for Honour, Royal Marine Ram Patten, and rock band Thunder for company; joined by colleagues, they will be riding to raise money for the ForceSelect Foundation. This truly will be the trip of a lifetime….

The trip will be made all the more memorable by a fundraising sing-a-long each night. Locals will be cordially invited to join in the fun and raise some extra cash!

The full trip itinerary and fundraising targets are available on www.childlinerocks.co.uk. Each rider will be expected to cover their flight, hotel, motorcycle and other costs + raise a minimum of £1000 for ChildLine. England Rocks-Hands across the Water! hopes to raise a minimum of £50000 for ChildLine.

The whole event will culminate in a memorable rock concert on July 16 2011 at the Sun Valley Pavilion, Ketchum, Idaho. A major name headliner is to be announced but the concert will feature British acts, including The Union, winners of Classic Rock Awards’ Best New Breakthrough Band 2010 – a wonderful way to mark the end of a truly unique and worthwhile road trip.

Source: AltSounds and visit the Childline Rocks website

SAS Legend and Best Selling Author joins the cause!

We are delighted to announce that Andy McNab DCM MM has joined the cause as a Childline Rocks Ambassador. Andy commanded the famous Bravo Two Zero patrol in the Gulf war, the most decorated patrol since the Boer war whose exploits have been documented and recognised the world over. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal, Andy was the British Army’s most decorated soldier at time of leaving the SAS in February 1993.He has written about his experiences in the SAS in three bestselling books, has written many other books and gone on to sell over 30 million books worldwide. Additionally, he is a director of a Hereford based security company and has been involved in training videos for the Ministry of Defence. Andy also lectures for the FBI and gives motivational talks for large corporations on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a Patron of Help the Heroes and the Force Select Foundation, and we are honoured to have him on board!