2008
21.07

Andy was a Special Guest at the Harrogate Crime Festival last weekend. The Telegraphs Jake Kerridge writes in his blog:

One game that’s proved popular here at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is “Guess Who Might Be Andy McNab”: any middle-aged man [note Greymansland ‘cough’*] entering the Crown Hotel in Harrogate has been carefully scrutinised.

The soldier turned thriller-writer, who for security reasons is never photographed, eventually identified himself and spoke honestly and engagingly to the Harrogate audience on the subject of what it is like to write about murder and violence from the perspective of somebody who has actually killed people.

Reminiscing about his army days, he recalled how he used to save time by putting his socks on his hands, soaping them up and then scrubbing his hair, thus washing socks and hair simultaneously: it’s proved a useful tip for a busy festival weekend.

You can find Jake Kerridges Blog here 

[* Relax.. middle-age sounds old but is “… usually considered to occur approximately between the ages of 40 and 60”. The bad news is that “Middle-aged adults often show visible signs of aging such as loss of skin elasticity and graying of the hair. Physical fitness usually wanes, with a 5-10 kg (10-20 lb) accumulation of body fat, reduction in aerobic performance and a decrease in maximal heart rate. Strength and flexibility also decrease throughout middle age.” The good news is… “However, people age at different rates and there can be large differences between individuals of the same age.”] 

2008
17.07

National Army Museum LondonOn the 30th of October Andy will be guest speaker at the National Army Museum in Chelsea London, at 7.00pm.

“The bestselling author Bravo Two Zero charts his experiences as a member of the SAS, to mark the publication of his latest Nick Stone thriller Flashback.”

These events frequently sell out and purchase well in advance of the event is recommended. Book your tickets for Celebrity Lectures, Conferences and Study Days at the Museum Shop on 020 7730 0717 x2240.

Source: National Army Museum

2008
04.07

Seven Troop on Amazon

2008
26.06

The chance to name the villain in Andy McNab’s next book is sold for £10,000 at auction

“The SAS soldier-turned-author auctioned off the character’s naming rights in support of a new charity in memory of legendary Anglo-Irish Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The McNab lot helped the foundation raise £61,700 at a Shackleton Foundation gala dinner in central London last night.

The winner has not yet decided what to name the villain in the book.”

See the full article here

Now I do wonder if there are certain conditions. I mean.. what if the winner wants the villain to be named G W Bush?? Or decides to name him after hers/his ex-spouse. Could she/he be sued? And…does it have to be a man? (sheesh, shocking that I assume the villain will be male, what does that say about me? Or about men for that matter :-p). Or name the villain after his or hers present partner? Will the relationship be over? Or will he/she be loved even more….What about names like Chris Ryan, or Duncan Falconer. Real names may be off limits, but are pseudonyms??

Anyway, I’m curious. So if anyone has an idea, or the winner wants to share the name and background… let us know! 🙂

2008
17.06

The Schackleton Foundation

Hello there,

Good news for fans of Andy McNab!

The Shackleton Foundation charity are hosting an event on the 25th of June whereby fans of Andy McNab will be able to bid for the rights to name the villain in Andy’s new book.

If you want more information send me an email at tom.eckersley@vancomms.com and I will be more then happy to send you more information.
 
Regards, Tom Eckersley

2008
11.06

6 Things you’ve always wanted to know about Andy McNab but were too afraid to ask! (and who can blame you!)

Q & A with Andy McNab by Lynsey – Between the Lines, a Transworld Blog. It’s a catchy title but ‘afraid to ask’ ?? The questions aren’t that shocking and Q4 is a bit odd, since there is a movie, but then the answer is a typical ‘McNab’, so worth it. Next time they should ask Greymansland for questions, I can come up with some preposturous ones. On the other hand…. those are likely not suited for publishing (and I already know that – despite the rumours – he does NOT have pixilated mirrors at home, so you can stop e-mailing us about that). I think Q5 was sent in by J.K. Rowling. But go read for yourselves.

“Here at Between the Lines we want to give you an insight into the personalities, idiosyncrasies and quibbles of this great nation’s favourite authors. So bravely I decided to put my courage to the sticking post (not really sure what this means) and take a chance to ask my favourite SAS author some of those questions that occasionally you are just too afraid to ask. Happily he obliged!”

Q1. What do you have a weakness for?

Andy McNab: Fried breakfast with chips washed down with about three pints of tea at six in the morning.

Q2. What’s the worst joke you’ve ever told?

AM: What’s white and wears checked trousers?

Rupert the fridge.

I know, really bad.

Q3. What is the best present you’ve ever received?

AM: A toy hamster on a wheel that plugs into a laptop. I have the rodent running like a lunatic as I write this.

Q4. If they made a movie of Bravo Two Zero who would you want to play you?

AM: Don’t care as long as he is six foot tall, four foot wide and all the men want to be him and all the women fancy him. Perfect.

Q5. If you could fly or become invisible at will, which one would you choose and why?

AM: Fly. I free fall parachute and to me it feels like the nearest thing to flying. But to do it for real…

Q6. What was the last book you read?

AM: By Sword and Fire. Cruelty and Atrocity in Medieval Warfare by Sean McGlynn.  I know, it sounds very boring but actually it was really interesting. Four out of five stars.