2016
11.09

AN EVENING WITH ANDY MCNAB

If you have ever wondered what really happened on the infamous patrol known simply as “Bravo Two Zero”, then get along to “An Evening With Andy McNab” and hear it from the man himself.

Tickets are just £48.00 and include a copy of Andy’s new book “Cold Blood”, a hot buffet and live entertainment.

All proceeds are going to Pilgrim Bandits, so you will be helping a really worthwhile cause, as well as having a great evening.

For more information or to book your tickets, contact terry-arnett@pilgrimbandits.org.

An Evening with Andy McNab

2016
07.08

Celebrating the release of Andy McNab’s new Young-Adult novel ‘Street Soldier’ we were granted two copies to give away… to you! Of course we also asked Andy a few questions about the book and guess what……Sean Harker, the young lad who is the main character in Street Soldier, is based on a young Andy McNab!

GML: Hi Andy, good to hear from you again!

Thank you for the sorting the free copies of Street Soldier for us for our fan giveaway, where two lucky readers will win free books.
There’s loads of excitement around the release of your latest Young Adult novel, and I’m sure you’ve noticed many of your not-so-young readers enjoy your YA books as well.

A few questions for you:

Street Soldier is said to be your ‘most autobiographical novel ever’. The main character Sean Harker is a troubled teenager. Where Nick Stone has your adult qualities (but only the good parts), how much of Sean Harker is a young Andy McNab?

Andy: OUR BACKGROUNDS ARE CERTAINLY SIMILAR, LIKE SEAN I GOT IN WITH A BAD CROWD, GETTING INTO TROUBLE AND EVENTUALLY GOT CAUGHT AND SENT TO JUVENILE DETENTION. LIKE HIM, FROM THERE I GOT RECRUITED INTO THE ARMY.

HIS SENSE OF DISILLUSIONMENT WITH LIFE AND PEOPLE IN AUTHORITY IS SOMETHING I FELT AS A KID.

We at Grey Man’s Land like to see ourselves as ‘fans of the first generation’ – we’ve been reading your books since Bravo Two Zero was initially released. Many readers of your latest young adult novels, like the Liam Scott series and now Street Soldier, were not even born or were very young when you wrote your first novel Remote Control in 1998. Now that the black bar over your eyes has gone grey, what do you do to keep up with what goes on in ‘their’ world to be able to write authentic youth novels?

ARE YOU SAYING I’M GETTING OLD? WHAT’S THAT GREY BUSINESS?

SERIOUSLY THOUGH, YOU ARE RIGHT, THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND BRAVO TWO ZERO ARE ‘HISTORICAL’ TO THIS YOUNGER GENERATION, BUT IT’S A HISTORY THAT ITS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND, AND LIKE ALL HISTORY, FOR US ALL TO LEARN FROM. I GO TO SCHOOLS AND YOUNG OFFENDER INSTITUTIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND INTERESTINGLY WHILST THEY MAY NOT KNOW THE POLITICS BEHIND THE BRAVO TWO ZERO STORY AND THE FIRST GULF WAR, THEY ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT ABOUT THE MISSION, WHAT HAPPENED, HOW WE ALL FELT. KIDS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE INTERESTED IN WAR STORIES.

IN TERMS OF KEEPING UP WITH WHAT THE YOUNGER GENERATION ARE THINKING AND DOING, I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN VARIOUS GAME COMPANIES, AS WELL AS TV AND FILM STUFF. THE STORIES THAT INTEREST YOUNG PEOPLE REMAIN THE SAME, THE DIFFERENCE IS JUST THE VARIOUS MEDIUMS THAT THEY ACCESS THEM ON. WE NEED TO BE OPEN TO NEW WAYS OF GIVING MATERIAL TO PEOPLE – WE ALL WANT TO KEEP BOOKS ALIVE, THEY ARE CRUCIAL TO STIMULATING THE IMAGINATION AND MAKING US CREATIVE, BUT WE SHOULD ALSO GO AND FIND PEOPLE WHERE THEY ALREADY ARE, WHETHER THAT IS GAMING, STREAMING VIDEO, WAFFLING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, OR WHEREVER.

Is Street Soldier a stand-alone novel, or will we see more of Sean Harker?

I AM PLANNING A SECOND, HE HAS GOT MORE OF A STORY TO TELL, BUT IT DEPENDS ON WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF THE FIRST BOOK!

We’ve had youth characters Danny Watts, Ethan Blake, Liam Scott and now Sean Harker. Do you have a favorite?

AT THE MOMENT SEAN IS DEFINITELY THE FAVOURITE, MAYBE BECAUSE HIS STORY IS SO SIMILAR TO MINE, MAYBE JUST BECAUSE HE IS WHO I HAVE BEEN CONCENTRATING ON RECENTLY, BUT THEY ARE ALL GREAT CHARACTERS I THINK.

Nick Stone fans will be pleased to hear Nick’s 18th (!) adventure, Cold Blood, will be released this October. With all past drama and then the devastating events in Detonator….we expect him to be crawled up in some dark corner. How on earth will you get him on his feet again?

AS YOU MENTIONED AT THE BEGINNING, A FAIR BIT OF NICK’S CHARACTER IS BASED ON ME. HE DEALS WITH THINGS IN A SIMILAR WAY TO ME WHICH IS TO JUST CRACK ON AND KEEP FOCUSED. HE WON’T LET WHAT HAPPENED DESTROY HIM, BUT OBVIOUSLY HE’S SUFFERING. AS YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW, COLD BLOOD IS BASED IN THE NORTH POLE. NICK TAKES A JOB OFFER THERE AS A WAY OF PUTTING SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN HIM AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED.

Will you be doing a tour and book signings in support of Street Soldier and/or Cold Blood?

YES, THEY’VE GOT ME WORKING FAR TOO HARD! I’M TOURING DURING THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER AND FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER. DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SOCIAL MEDIA SOON. I’LL ALSO BE VISITING SOME SCHOOLS TALKING ABOUT STREET SOLDIER AT THE SAME TIME.

Finally, would you be willing to sign a book with the phrase, ‘Jon Marquis is a proper hard man?’

HA HA, DEPENDS HOW MUCH YOU PAY ME?

Thanks so much for your time, Andy. Hope to speak to you again soon!

Lynn & Jon

NO WORRIES, THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AS EVER.

Street Soldier will be released 11 August. A free copy can be yours, all you have to do is like our Facebook page Grey Man’s Land and 2 lucky winners will be selected at random at the end August.

UPDATE: Winners are Jan Radovic and Peter Wilkinson, books are coming your way 🙂

Andy McNab's Street Soldier

2016
02.08

A truly thrilling new Nick Stone novel – when members of the crew start dying on an expedition to the North Pole, it is clear the murderer must be amongst them.

Accompanying a group of veteran soldiers on an expedition to the North Pole should be a simple job for ex-deniable operative Nick Stone. But when they’re intercepted in their tracks by hulking men with powerful weapons and an enormous ice-breaker ship claiming to be US Navy, Stone immediately understands that not everyone on this trip is who they say they are.

When members of the crew begin to die, it is clear that the murderer must be amongst them. And when the very motivations of the trek are called into question, Stone doesn’t only have multiple murders on his hands, he has an international crisis to deal with too.

Cold Blood by Andy McNab

Cold Blood will be released on 20 October 2016 in hardcover by Bantam Press.

2016
19.06

Date
9:30am 13 July 2016

Venue
Chelsea Football Club

Harvey Thorneycroft Ltd’s fifth ‘Brilliant Minds Showcase’ is taking place on Wednesday 13th July 2016, at the home of Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge.

We are thrilled to announce, Jenny Kleeman, as the host for our Showcase. Jenny is an award winning journalist and documentary maker. She has presented programs for Channel 4’s Unreported World, Dispatches and BBC’s The One Show. Jenny will join our eclectic lineup of speakers and we look forward to hearing more about her adventures on the day.

Andy McNab, best-selling author and distinguished former SAS soldier is one of the new faces to HTL who will be speaking alongside coaching legend Sir Clive Woodward, who will open the day. They will be joined by an eclectic line-up of speakers for which this event has become popular.

Go to the Harvey Thorneycroft website for more information

2016
04.03

A new ‘Young Adult’ series by Andy McNab is coming up. Never mind ‘young adult’ though… these books are an awesome read at any age!!

Synopsis:

Sean Harker is good at two things: stealing cars and fighting. One earns him money, the other earns him respect from the gang that he calls family.

A police chase through the city streets is just another rite of passage for Sean . . . as is getting nicked. But a brutal event behind bars convinces him to take charge, and turn his life around.

Now he must put his street skills to the ultimate test: as a soldier in the British army. And the battlefield is London, where innocent people are being targeted by a new and terrifying enemy.

Undercover, under threat – only Sean Harker can save the streets from all-out war.

Exited yet?!?! I know I am! We’ll have to wait until August though:

Product details
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (11 Aug. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857534696

Andy McNab's Street Soldier

2016
04.03

World Book Day: 9 tips to help your child learn to read by SAS author Andy McNab
3 March 2016 – By BOUDICCA FOX-LEONARD

Andy McNab didn’t read his first book until he was 17. Now the bestselling author of over 20 books, he’s on a mission to get more kids reading.

“As long as you read, you get knowledge. With knowledge, you get power. Then you can do things you want to do in life,” says Andy, himself a father.

He came to public prominence in 1993 when he published his account of the Special Air Service (SAS) patrol Bravo Two Zero in 1991.

A proflic author, who enjoys everything from thrillers to Dickens, his own experience is proof that it’s never too late to start reading.

“The first book I read was in the army. It was Janet and John book ten. Afterwards I felt really proud, I’d actually enjoyed it too.”

So if you’re struggling to get your little ones to put down their screens and take up a book, here are Andy’s top nine survival tips for parents.


1) Lead by example

Reading is infectious. If your child sees you reading, they are more likely to pick up a book. And once you get into a good book, it’s like a drug.

2) Don’t be a sergeant major
Let your children read what they like. Don’t shove a book down a kids throat. If they don’t like it, they won’t read it. It could be a comic or a cartoon strip, as long as they’re reading they are learning.

3) Seen the movie? Now read the book

That film they loved at the cinema? That TV adaptation they were hooked on? Ask your child it they knew it was a book and suggest they give it a go to see the difference between the two.

4) Don’t break the bank
Books can be expensive, especially if you haven’t got a library nearby. Luckily publishers are realising this. I support a series of books called Quick Reads. They cost a quid each and are great for children and adults alike – they are brilliant for building confidence. So money is no excuse not to bury your nose in a good book.

5) Read aloud
Making time to read aloud to your children is imperative! Einstein was asked how you make children intelligent and he said read them stories and then read them more stories.
Being read to allows kids to spark up their imagination. Research shows that even if they drift off and you keep talking, unconsciously they are sill carving new neural pathways.

6) Trick them into it
Few kids want to do what their parents tell them to do. So telling them to turn off the Playstation isn’t going to work. But how about suggesting they read a book of cheats for their favourite games? Some of them are 40,000 words long! They won’t even realise that what they’re doing is reading.

7) Appeal to their passions
If your child loves fashion, suggest they reads the Devil Wears Prada. If a child finds the subject matter interesting, they’ll read the book.

8) Explain how reading is a life skill
I’ve had children say to me ‘but footballers don’t need to read’. But yes they do. Some of those contracts are 120 pages long. Do you really want someone else deciding that for you? Reading is a lifeskill we all need.

9) Don’t categorise books!
Dickens is great. If you took away the coal fires and put in central heating, the characters would still remain the same. But the classics aren’t for everyone. Don’t categorise a book by class. Read what you enjoy, not what you think you should be reading.

The 2016 Galaxy Quick Reads are bite-sized books written by best-selling authors for £1. Available now from bookshops, supermarkets and online or libraries nationwide.

Source: Mirror.co.uk