2017
20.10

The Sun
20th October 2017
By Mike Ridley

WHO DARES TINS:  SAS hero Andy McNab backs the Sun’s Pounds for Poppies appeal

Andy, who was a sergeant in 22 SAS Regiment and is now a best-selling author, met ex-Royal Marine Commando Harris Tatakis to show why you should back our appeal.

SAS hero Andy McNab believes our Pounds for Poppies appeal deserves top honours.

What a brilliant idea to raise money to help armed forces veterans and their families through hard times.
By dropping an old quid into a collecting box you can help the British Legion help veterans like Harris.

Go to The Sun to read the full article ‘Who Dares Tins’

Photos by Wayne Perry for The Sun:

Photo by Wayne Perry

Photo by Wayne Perry

Photo by Wayne Perry

Photo by Wayne Perry

Photo by Wayne Perry

2015
10.11

Grey Man’s Lands was given the opportunity to give away 5 dedicated copies of Andy McNab’s new Nick Stone novel Detonator. The 5 winning questions of his fans are answered here by Andy and the books are in the mail. Happy reading! Of course we too had a few questions for Andy this time…

Hi Andy,

First we want to congratulate you with your Honorary Doctorate of Arts which you received recently from Plymouth University. What does the acknowledgment of your work mean to you?

Andy: As a kid the only doctors I had ever heard of were the ones you went to in you were ill and Doctor Who. This is a perfect example of social mobility, it doesn’t matter where you come from, you just need to give it a go. As I tell school children and prisoners, if I can do it, anyone can.

You’ll be on a South Pole Trek in support of the Reading Agency soon. Tell us about your motivation and we’re wondering – even though your still fit and healthy, is this still a challenge for you?

Andy: I was invited to join the South Pole Expedition. It was just a bunch of mates to begin with, but I thought why not raise some money for a cause that is close to my heart, the Reading Agency, at the same time!

It will be a challenge, but ultimately even with all the Hi Tec kit and scientifically designed foods, you’ve still got to put one foot in front of the other, really quickly. I find it quite easy to switch off and not think about much, so I think I will be OK. Perhaps you should ask me again when I’ve finished it.

We haven’t got a clue where you find the time to write but the new Nick Stone novel is a fact. What can we expect from Detonator?

Andy: This is Nick Stone at his most exposed, with everything that matters to him at risk. Racing across the Swiss alps and down to southern Italy, Nick is against the clock to save everything he holds dear. It hasn’t got the ending you might expect, just to warn you.

Consider us warned! (and scared??)

Shaking that off for a now….we’ve selected 5 questions from your fans. They’re all very excited getting a dedicated copy of Detonator. On behalf of them, thank you! And we’re hoping they’ll let you know what they think of Nicks latest adventure.

1. Question by Richard Joyce
If you had one decision you could go back and change, what would it be?

Andy: I wouldn’t change a thing, there’s no guarantee anything would be better or worse. The fact is that everything is a punt, why would I change anything, I am doing something different and new. Life is full of lumps of shit, it’s just a question of how much you have to eat on the way.

2. Question by Simon Bunkall
What is your list of the top 5 best E&E items anyone could find in their own home?

Andy:
1) KITCHEN KNIFE – The bigger and sharper the better, for defence and food, and making shelter.
2) BIN LINERS – To use for shelter and for gathering water.
3) 2 LITRE MILK CONTAINERS – For storing and sterilizing water.
4) A WASHING LINE – Erecting shelters and constructing animal traps.
5) A PILLOW – We all need a good night’s sleep!

3. Question by Matthew Rose
Just returned from a backpacking trip in Europe and after riding the regional trains in Italy near Naples it was the most uncomfortable and frightened I’ve been as an adult. My girlfriend and I were confronted numerous times but luckily escaped without any harm. Which area in the World would you be frightened and uneasy to go for fear of being mugged as a tourist?

Andy: It would have to be Colombia purely because you’ve got a society of haves and a society of have nots, and not much in between. It’s also a culture that is naturally violent anyway, and there’s no constructs to dissuade people from doing it. It’s just what goes on.

4. Question by Rick Payne
Having given a very good account of the Op in Gib as an opener to Remote Control are you likely to write a book specifically based upon your various roles in the fight against the IRA once the 30 years are up?

Andy: That’s a good question. The Ireland interest fluctuates hugely. People think it’s far too early to talk about it, or that it’s far too complicated because of all the different factions involved. I did write about the Ireland stuff in Immediate Action, my autobiography. There, got a plug in!
There is film interest in the Gibraltar incident, as I’ve also done a Quick Read, to come out next spring, about it.

5. Question by Kevin Southwell
Having experienced what you have, and could have your time again, would you go for selection again? I also thank you for your time and I wish you a Merry Christmas next month.

Andy: Yes without a doubt. It did two things for me, it kept my army career going (I would have got out if I had failed selection) but more importantly it gave me even more education. The Regiment even sent me to Bristol University for a while.

Thanks as always Andy, we’ll be looking forward to read more about your South Pole adventure and come back safe!
Detonator (Nick Stone 17) is available in hardback and e-book here.

If you would like to support Andy’s South Pole trek to help fight illiteracy take a look here or visit The Reading Agency website to find out more about what they do and to read their latest news.

2015 Andy McNab Reading Journey appeal

2015
02.05

Andy is signing books again and talking about his latest Tom Buckingham novel ‘State of Emergency’.  Hope you’ll be able to attend one of these events and see if Andy’s face is really as pixelated as he likes us to think!

16 May
Andy McNab will be signing books.
WHSmith – 124-126 Victoria Centre, Nottingham
12:30 in UTC+01

17 May
Andy McNab will be signing books.
Waterstones Milton Keynes – Unit 72 Misummer Place, Milton Keynes
12:00 in UTC+01

18 May
Andy McNab will be giving a talk and signing copies of his book.
Bookmark – 20 The Crescent, Spalding Lincolnshire
19:15 in UTC+

19 May
Andy McNab will be giving a talk and signing copies of his book in conjunction with the Waterstones in Doncaster.
The event will take place at the Danum Hotel – High Street, Doncaster at 7:30pm.

20 May – afternoon
Andy McNab will be signing copies of his book.
WHSmith Newcastle – 36 Northumberland St, Newcastle
12:30 in UTC+01

20 May – evening
A talk and book signing with Andy McNab.
Guisborough Bookshop – 4 Chaloner Street, Guisborough North Yorkshire
19:00 in UTC+01

21 May
Andy McNab will be at the Loch Leven Community Library to give a talk and to sign copies of his book.
Loch Leven Community Library – Loch Leven Community Campus, Muirs Kinross
19:30 in UTC+01

22 May – afternoon
Andy McNab will be signing copies of his book.
Waterstones Stirling – Unit 1 Thistle Marches, Thistles Shopping Centre Stirling
12:30 in UTC+01

22 May- evening
Andy McNab will be giving a talk and signing copies of his book.
Crown and Mitre Hotel – Castle Street, Carlisle
19:30 in UTC+01

23 May
Andy McNab will be signing copies of his book.
Waterstones Market Harborough – 7 The Square, Market Harborough
12:00 in UTC+01

Source: Andy McNab’s official Facebook page

Andy McNab book signing in Basingstoke 2014

Andy McNab book signing in Basingstoke 2014

2014
17.12

More than 200 people visited Westover Land Rover in Salisbury on Sunday 14 December to see Andy McNab, ex-SAS man turned best-selling author. Andy signed over 250 books for the showroom’s guests and also talked to the assembled crowd about his experiences working covertly for the British military.

“Andy’s speech was excellent – really engaging and informative – and it was great that he opened the session up for questions at the end,” says Paul Dillon, Westover Group Joint Managing Director. “Our visitors really appreciated the chance to ask him about his experiences.”

One visitor came with a first edition copy of Bravo Two Zero, Andy’s first book – one of only 5,000 copies printed in the initial run. The publisher, who was on hand on the day, confirmed that a similar copy had sold recently in America for a massive $40,000!

“We’ll be announcing the winner of our competition next week, so someone will be getting news of their trip to a Land Rover Experience Centre, where they and three friends will put their off-road driving skills to the test against Andy McNab.”

Help for Heroes also attended the book signing, raising more than £580 to support military personnel wounded in conflict. In addition to the cash donations, the Help for Heroes team also sold £142.00 worth of merchandise on the day.

For the full article go here to the Westover Group website

Andy McNab at Westover Group

Photo MBlazeby Blackmore Vale Mag

2014
01.12

Being Andy McNab’s nr 1 Fansite does have its advantages …. we get exclusive interviews and the occassional treat.

This time we got some photos that we’ll cherish forever 😀 There’s an artist inside of him!

Andy McNab for Grey Man's LandAndy McNab for Grey Man's Land

 

2014
11.10

What brings the SAS hard man Andy McNab to tears? Opera

The Times
11 October 2014, by Jack Malvern Arts Correspondent

Opera-goers who managed to get through Sir Nicholas Hytner’s production of Cosi Fan Tutte without shedding a tear may congratulate themselves for their mental toughness. They are more resilient than Andy McNab.

The former SAS sergeant, whose account of his capture and torture in Iraq in Bravo Two Zero made him the bestselling combat author in the world, told an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival that he has only ever cried once in his life, at one of Mozart’s most frivolous works.

Go here for the full article in The Times (unfortunately with subscribtion only)

If you want to give Cosi Fan Tutte a try yourself you can watch it on You Tube  – with English subtitles which is kind of convenient to get some understanding of the play 😉 It must be brilliant since it got Andy to sit in a chair for over three hours in a row!

Article comes with another great photo by Gareth Iwan Jones Photography

The Times - Andy McNab: "I love opera. It's amazing"

The Times – Andy McNab: “I love opera. It’s amazing”