2008
22.10

Grey Man’s Land asked Andy about Seven Troop, Brute Force and the other projects he’s working on, or any in development.

Andy pleasantly surprised us by replying to our questions on audio!!

Almost half an hour he talks, exclusively for us!!

It’s absolutely great and we LOVE the compliment at the end of the interview. So thank you so much Andy !!

GO HERE TO LISTEN TO THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ANDY MCNAB

2008
11.10

Last week Friday I got my copy of Seven Troop, at last – and bad luck that it was also a busy week ahead. But I took every little break I had, so finished it in a week. Especially the last 50 pages I found it hard to put down. It’s never boring, of course filled with humour ‘McNab’ style and fast paced.  A bit too fast paced to my liking at times but it’s already over 400 pages, so if I had it my way it would probably have been an unrealistic 800 pages or so.

Somewhat remarkable was that nowhere in the book there is any reference to Andy’s private life, he could have been single all those years. But then it’s not really relevant to the book – and not called ‘private’ for nothing. Besides, it probably takes being a woman that I noticed. Also, the story of the guy leaping the first floor window I’ve heard in different variations but that’s just details.

At the end I found it very moving. A huge part of the book revolves around the mates Andy lost, especially Al, Nish and Frank – but definitely not in the screaming way some articles made you believe. I have not read Nish’ book Freefall but now it’s next on my list and I really want to re-read Franks book Baptism of Fire.

I’m not very good at writing reviews and being a fan it’s hard to write unprejudiced – but I can honestly say that I can’t think of any criticism that I would not write in public. 😉 I really recommend it and got that dual feeling of being glad I finished the book…but being sad that it is. 

2008
06.10

Vodafone Books on Mobile has strategy for mobile books

An idea born from a conversation in a pub will today become an international business when Vodafone launches a service bringing books to mobile phones.

Under Vodafone Books on Mobile, books are expected to cost between £5 and £15 and any purchases will be added to monthly Vodafone bills.

The service is a partnership between Vodafone and GoSpoken. com, a website dedicated to putting books on mobiles co-founded and co-funded by Andy McNab, the soldier-turned novelist, and Tony Lynch, now the managing director of the company.

“I met Tony through a mutual friend,” Mr McNab said of their initial discussion last year. “We met for a drink and were playing about with how we could combine story-telling and technology. Finally he said: ‘Let’s have a look at books on mobiles.’ ” The pair launched their idea with three 15-minute short stories by the former SAS man, which they recorded and released on iTunes. “They became the three topselling audio stories on iTunes for three to four months,” Mr McNab said. “We thought. . . the concept’s really working, so we started to look seriously at mobile phones.”

Since then the pair, who each own 50 per cent of the business, have signed up every leading publisher in Britain, including Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins, and are in the process of signing the big European names.

High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology, which provides faster data speeds, means that a three-hour audio book can be downloaded in three minutes. And as mobile screens get bigger and better it gets easier to read a book on them.

“Sometimes we wonder if it’s just us that think this is great and it won’t catch on,” Mr McNab said, “but there’s not a single person we’ve gone to – a publisher, retailer or operator – who hasn’t got it.”

Mr McNab began his writing career with his first novel Bravo Two Zero in 1993, based on his experiences during the first Gulf War.

Source: Times Online

2008
28.09

We got sent an article written by Andy that appeared in one of the papers a little while ago, thanks! I’m splitting it up in parts – since I have to re-type it here.

I’ve just had one of those ‘weird coincidence’ moments.

I was at a friend’s party and got introduced to Alastair Campbell. I had literally just come from a film production meeting where I had been talking about him. I must have conjured him up.

I am planning to co-produce a film in which a government PR figure lead his prime minister down a particular path with devastating results. There is no resemblance to anyone living, of course, and I tried to tell him this, but I think he was too excited by the train journey he had just had. He had just returned from a day trip to Paris on Eurostar, and couldn’t stop singing the praises of its new terminal at St Pancras.

He also told me someone had just bid 50,000 GBP to charity to have their name appear in his next book.

I stupidly mentioned that I got 100,000 GBP to have someone’s name appear in one of my thrillers.

Judging by the look in his eye, I thought I might soon be needing the services of the charity my 100K went to – the Red Cross.

Love it. Andy is doing well selling characters in his book. The 100k was spent by Basma to appear in Crossfire. Great character to be, think she got her moneys worth and made the Red Cross happy at the same time. I also learned that the writer Hari Kunzru (The Impressionist, Transmission and My Revolutions) donated to a good cause to have his name split up in the characters Hari and Kunzru in Aggressor, who were described as ‘fucks who can’t even tie their own shoe laces’. I hope he was happy too. Of course I’m not complaining with ‘my’ name for free in Remote Control and also got in The Grey Man – allthough the first was a male character and the latter pure coincidence. Ah well.. that’s minor details, at least in my imagination. Who will be in Brute Force is still a surprise, we’ll see about that in a few months. With over 40% of female writers and given Nick Stone’s popularity with them I think some cause could very well auction Nicks new lover – there may be some girls who are prepared to digg into their savings accounts to have their name honoured that way. 😉

2008
27.09

Andy McNab on Amazon

On the Amazon site is a small clip of Andy where he talks about his non-fiction novel “Seven Troop”

Click on photo

2008
07.09

This is in several papers but I’ll quote The Telegraph.

The SAS veteran Andy McNab has launched a scathing attack on the Government’s treatment of British troops after a poll found that two thirds of the public thought their care was “disgraceful”.

By Thomas Harding

The author of Bravo Two Zero warned that there was a “timebomb” waiting to explode of troops suffering from mental trauma after experiencing combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An ICM poll personally commissioned by McNab found that the public are dissatisfied with the treatment of those who have fought for their country.

Three quarters of the 3,040 adults questioned believed that the Ministry of Defence did not support troops once they were discharged from service. Almost half of those questioned (49 per cent) said they would willingly pay an extra penny in income tax to help former-servicemen with financial difficulties.

In the first poll of its kind, the survey found that 76 per cent believed the Government’s commitment to the psychological care of veterans was “inadequate” with discharged personnel left to ‘get on with it.’

McNab said he had written his latest book, Seven Troop, partly because of the psychological difficulties experienced by his SAS colleagues after they left the Army. Out of his 10 man SAS section, two committed suicide and one was jailed for murder after he shot his girlfriend 16 times.

“What we have at the moment is a timebomb of post traumatic stress disorder that will go off in the next 10 to 15 years in people who have experienced the horrors of the current conflicts,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“It annoys me that we continually get politicians of all persuasions jumping on the back of military success only for the same politicians not to back them with money when they leave.”

He quoted the statistic that more men took their own lives after the Falklands War, estimated at 300, than the 255 who died in the conflict.

McNab is also concerned that with no military hospitals left the NHS “won’t be able to get on top of it” when the PTSD cases break out.

“Since I left the forces some 15 years ago, the situation for ex-service personnel simply hasn’t improved,” said the former soldier, who spent 10 out of 18 years Army service in the SAS. “I’ve seen for myself the appalling way that our soldiers are hung out to dry. “The idea held by the Government that the majority of service personnel experience a smooth transition into civilian life is delusional.”

It is estimated that six per cent of homeless people are former Servicemen and the National Association of Probation Officer has reported that one in 11 prisoners in jails are ex-Forces.

After discharge from service McNab said it was “very hard” for troops to reintegrate after they were “thrust into society” following years of being institutionalised in the Services. “There is a pervading sense of literally being ‘thrown out of the club’,” McNab said.

He criticised the “fundamental lack of continued welfare support” and called on the Government to treat veterans “with the dignity that we all agree they deserve.”

Read the full article here