“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


The Sun
29 November 2012

Prince Charles praised The Sun’s military awards – the Millies – yesterday as he kicked off this year’s star-studded salute to our boys and girls.
His Royal Highness hosted a tea party at Clarence House for the awards judges, who had the tough task of picking winners from a shortlist of phenomenal nominees voted for by you, our readers.

The Prince — who conceived the Millies idea — hailed the awards, now in their fifth year.

He said: “The Millies is a fantastic occasion which gives us the chance to recognise the work of our Armed Forces in all their many and varied forms and to thank them publicly for all that they do, at home and abroad.

Go here to read the full article about The Millies 2012 in The Sun

Andy McNab said: “The Millies really show what our guys are getting up to all over the world. They deserve a national pat on the back — and that is exactly what the Millies do.”


News & Star
Cumberland News
20 November 2012

‘For security reasons, photography is not permitted at this event.’

These words of warning had greeted fans of Andy McNab in Carlisle last week.

The former SAS soldier turned bestselling author was appearing at the city’s Crown and Mitre Hotel to talk about his new book and his two careers.

McNab has never knowingly been photographed, other than in shadow, since leaving the SAS.

So how did the Bravo Two Zero author ensure that none of the full house of 240 fans sneaked a crafty photo on their mobile phone?

Gwenda Matthews of Bookends bookshop helped to organise the event.

“At the start of the event, people were asked not to take photos,” she reports.

“Had anyone taken a photo, Andy’s literary agent would probably have asked them to delete it. It seems this had happened once or twice on the national tour.

“Andy did not stay behind a screen, no mask, no balaclava – just himself in the open, much to everyone’s delight.

“He said the main reason for not taking photos is to protect the informants who worked with him who are still in Northern Ireland.”

The author spoke for an hour then spent two hours signing books – and, intriguingly, a My Little Pony – and talking to fans.

Bookends were allowed to take this photo, but not a great deal is revealed.

Mr McNab might struggle to have it accepted for his passport.

Revealed: The back of his head:


Source: News & Star Cumberland News (Photo & quote from Twitter)


By Rob_Sellars,June 12 2012

Andy McNab, the bestselling author and decorated former SAS soldier, marched into Brigg on Tuesday to open the town’s new library and local link.

The brand new facilities are housed in the Angel, and after extensive renovations the library and local link have now been officially opened to the public. In a short service attended by members of both Brigg Town Council and North Lincolnshire Council, Andy McNab unveiled a plaque marking the occasion.

McNab said “I am a big fan of libraries, and understand the importance of reading.”

The author of Bravo Two Zero spoke of how the army taught him the importance of literacy and numeracy, helping him to appreciate the significance of Brigg’s new library.

Source: BriggPeople website

Mr McNab said he was impressed with the new library in Brigg.

He said: “This will be a place for those who enjoy reading to come and continue to enjoy it and for other people to come and get involved in reading.

It is great to a see a new facility like this and a council bucking the trend in a big way.”

Source: This Is Scunthorpe website


This is one from last year, but I just remembered looking for it… From the National Army Museum:

War Horse Remembrance

Budding artists of all ages and abilities have been picking up their colouring pencils and exercising their imaginations as part of the National Army Museum’s War Horse: Fact & Fiction exhibition.

Visitors are invited to decorate and name paper horses in commemoration of the millions of horses enlisted by the British Army whose names and deeds have now been forgotten. These colourful and creative paper horses are displayed for all to see on the exhibition’s Remembrance Wall.

'A very vibrant-green-coloured ‘Sgt Green’ by Andy McNab, author and ex-Special Forces soldier'


Source: National Army Museum website


The Sun
26 March 2010

SAS legend Andy McNab has told how he almost got blown up on his return to the frontline in Afghanistan.

The Sun security expert was with an infantry patrol which came across a deadly booby-trapped bomb in the centre of a Taliban IED killing zone.

A young soldier with a mine detector spotted the 44lb device and the shout went up: “Stop!”

Andy said: “It was high explosive that would have taken out the patrol, including me. I was only three men behind him. Without doubt he saved our lives — I owe him a few beers back home.”

Bravo Two Zero hero Andy — armed only with a notepad and camera — had been invited to join the patrol by the CO of 2 Rifles, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Wright.

The first soldiers helicoptered into the battle zone were in “contact” with the enemy immediately, killing three insurgents within minutes.

Six IED blasts then rang out one after another and, as Andy’s patrol passed a graveyard Rifleman Kev Cooper, a 20-year-old Londoner, detected the buried bomb.

Andy said: “Kev told me later he got down, gently started to dig out the sand and thought, ‘F***!’. He said he was just doing his job but we’re glad he found it before it took us out and that it’s not still lying there waiting for other lads.”

The mission ended with a total of 44 bombs made safe, two prisoners, a huge haul of explosives and weapons — with NO British casualties.

Source: The Sun

Photo from The Sun UK