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”


Royal Mail workers rewarded by war hero

Swindon Advertiser – 7 June 2014

SAS-trained novelist Andy McNab undertook an operation of the highest importance in Swindon yesterday – handing over certificates to acknowledge a push for more reading among Royal Mail workers.

The Gulf War serviceman is on a nationwide tour backing The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge, which gives people six months to complete six books for a certificate.

It is designed to encourage people to improve them through reading, which Andy is more than happy to support.

“It’s almost imperative for employees and employers,” said Andy. “If you look at it from the employer’s point of view, if they are working in an industry with highly technical machines, they want the most literate, numerate staff available.

“That’s why firms are backing this challenge. They really wanted to get their standards up within their existing workforce. In the longer term, if the parents are getting into it, the kids will follow that habit and latch on.

“Literacy comes from reading and numeracy follows on from that. It improves through reading.”

Go to the Swindon Advertiser website to read the full article

AM Swindon Royal Mail jun'14


By Plymouth Herald
28 May 2014

Author’s tips for Plymouth students

WINNING words from a year eight pupil landed one city school a visit from best-selling author Andy McNab.

The Bravo Two Zero writer visited Plymstock School after student Grace Elliot-Smith beat more than 800 entries to claim the top prize in a national competition.

The Walking With the Wounded contest asked students aged 11-15 to complete a story started by Andy McNab using 1,000 words or fewer with the winner being selected by Andy himself.

Andy instantly won over Plymstock School students with stories of his army life and beyond into his writing career with one pupil saying they had never been so motivated by someone before.

Questions then came thick and fast from an eager audience as students picked up useful tips on how to write, the importance of reading and perseverance.

Grace’s winning entry can be found at the following address online:   http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/support-the-walk/schools/storywriting-challenge/

Source: Plymouth Herald

Congratulations Grace. Well done!!!

AM Plymouth May 2014



Published 3 April 2014

Airsoft Action: “Andy talks to Nige about making his first Airsoft rifle, the AM22 and why he has decided to become involved in our sport.”




Andy McNab Airsoft Action 2014



Romford Recorder, 30 January 2014

Mysterious military author Andy McNab has helped teach school students the value of education.

The former SAS sergeant turned writer visited St Edward’s Church of England School & Sixth Form College in London Road, Romford, ahead of National Storytelling Week, which starts on Monday.

The best-selling author of Bravo Two Zero, who famously hides his face, spoke of being a disillusioned student, recruited to the army at 16 after being sent to a juvenile detention centre.

And after being given children’s book Janet and John by his captain to improve his reading, he never looked back.

He said: “I have never forgotten what my captain told me, ‘reading gives you knowledge and gives you choices in life.’”

Year 12 student Jack Barnes, said: “I read some of his Boy Soldier series when I was younger so to meet the man behind them was incredible. He was very easy to relate to and cool!”

The inspiring story caused an upsurge in books borrowed from the school library, and deputy head of English, Kellyann Brown, said: “He showed the students that through reading you can be successful whatever your background.”

Source: Romford Recorder website


Andy McNab talks about Silencer, writing and other stuff in an interview with Dead Good: ‘the home of killer crime books, drama and film’

Andy, please tell us about your new book?

SILENCER is the new Nick Stone thriller. He’s having as hard a time as ever, drug cartels, organ smuggling, faces from the past with scores to settle. And a girlfriend giving him grief too!

Who or what was the inspiration for Nick Stone?

I always say that the good bits are me, but none of the bad bits, but in reality its lots of me and lads I’ve worked with, but as the series has developed Nick has kind of become his own man.

For the full interview go to the Dead Good website