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
30.10

UPDATE 6 November:

The winners are Kevin S., Matthew R., Rick P., Simon B. and Richard J. I’ve sent you a personal e-mail. Congratulations, the book should come your way soon! We’d love to hear from you when you’ve received your copy. Your questions to Andy will be answered by him on this website soon.

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We’ve got 5 copies of Detonator, the new Nick Stone adventure by Andy McNab, to give away!

All you got to do is send us the question ‘you always wanted to ask’ Andy McNab before 5 November.

He will answer the 5 winning questions on this website and on top of that the winners will receive Detonator with a dedication of choice.

(Although we might hold you to a maximum of words in case you wish it to be the whole War & Peace book – unless it’s limited to the part that Nick Stone (Andy McNab?) actually read so far)

Send your question to lynn@greymansland.com and the book might come your way. Good luck!

Winning Detonator

Winning Detonator

2015
20.10

Sainsbury’s Entertainment Blog
By Jonathan Pritchard-Barrett on 20 October 2015

“Bestselling author Andy McNab introduces his latest novel Detonator. The book is the 17th in the Nick Stone series that follow the eponymous former SAS soldier and current gun for hire. This time Nick is motivated by a burning vengeance as he takes on faceless people traffickers and a ruthless terrorist intent on the destruction of Western Europe. The fuse has been ignited – but who really holds the detonator?”

Detonator is published on Thursday 22nd October, 2015

2015
03.10

Andy McNab at Plymouth University.
Andy was recognised for his contribution to the literature world, receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Arts.

On Twitter he said “Trust me, I’m a doctor”
Congratulations Andy!

Andy McNab Honorary Doctorate in Arts

Andy McNab at Plymouth University

2015
11.09

Congratulations Andy!!

Author and decorated former SAS soldier Andy McNab will be recognised for his contribution to the literature world when he receives an Honorary Doctorate of Arts at Plymouth University this month.

Mr McNab will be presented with the award during the University’s ceremonies on Plymouth Hoe after a writing career that has seen him publish numerous fiction and non-fiction books, including Bravo Two Zero, which is widely credited with launching the modern military page-turner. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal during his military career, Mr McNab was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier when he left the SAS.

Source: Plymouth University

Andy McNab Honorary Doctorate of Arts

photo by NeilSpencePhotography.com

2015
08.09

After ‘The Grey Man’, ‘Last Year Another Soldier’  and ‘Today Everything Changes’ Andy McNab writes another Quick Read: ‘On The Rock’.

Quick Reads celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2016 with a diverse collection of titles which will be published on 4 February.

Quick Reads 2016

Quick Reads 2016

Source: The Reading Agency website