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.”

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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.”




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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


“They want to hear about blowing up bridges and how to handle a gun. But the most important action of all, I tell them, is opening that first book whatever it might be.”

The Mirror
16 February 2013

The best-selling author learnt to read as a 16-year-old Army recruit and says it was life changing

Of all Andy McNab’s hard-fought victories the thrill of reading a book was the first big one.

The SAS hero and best-selling author, 53, was an Army recruit aged 16 and had just finished a Janet and John tale in a forces literacy class.

He recalled: “When I put it down my instructor said, ‘Congratulations. Remember this feeling – what it was like to finish your first book.’ And I always have.

“That moment truly changed my life. Everything I did since came from then.

A book can take you to places you would never have known. Each book you read gives you a little more knowledge.

And knowledge means power. And power means you can make decisions for yourself and go your own way.

That’s how you survive. Which is something I know a lot about.

I finished school with the reading skills of a kid aged 11. I was illiterate. I was going nowhere. If that sounds shocking, well I’ll tell you something that’s even worse.

Today the average literacy age of a young man joining the infantry is still just 11. Things have not improved one jot.”

Now Andy, whose first book Bravo Two Zero sold millions and was turned into a film with Sean Bean playing his part, is a frontline fighter in a campaign to spread the reading habit.

And the Sunday People is a proud ally. We are offering FREE copies of his latest book Today Everything Changes.

For the full article with interview go to The Mirror