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Andy talks about giving youngsters a better start, missing the army, Northern Ireland, making Kate Silverton blush and lots more…

Date 13 June, interview starts at 35min06

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A great article – with more news about Andy McNab’s upcoming projects!

Lunch with the FT: Andy McNab
By Max Hastings
Published: June 5 2010

A defence journalist who knows McNab has said, “With Andy, everything is business.” He hustles relentlessly, and has become an eager entrepreneur. As well as owning stakes in a security company and a recruitment company (of which he is a director), he is now backing a business called Ghost Speaker, which encrypts digital content for mobile phones and electronic readers. How did that one happen? “A night out with a friend who said, ‘It’s the way ahead.’” The friend was almost certainly right. “We’re just doing a deal with Currys and Dixons.”

But McNab never forgets his core product: “The most important thing is the writing – that’s what makes everything else happen.” He works six hours a day dictating his books, and is thrilled that he has been asked to direct a film of one of them, Boy Soldier.

“Success gives you opportunities, choice. How else could I have been asked to do a film? I told them, ‘I know nothing about directing.’ They said, ‘Don’t worry – you’ll have a really good cameraman.’”

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Monday 24 May, 2010

Andy McNab was given unprecedented access to British Army welfare services as he gets to grips with some tough issues in his latest novel ‘War Torn’.

The story follows a platoon in Afghanistan who suffer both physical and mental injuries. And former soldier McNab, author of ‘Bravo Two Zero’, got some genuine understanding of the lives of the families left behind.

While counselling is available for any traumatised servicemen and women, McNab, a former SAS man himself, admits problems could arise because of the stigma about asking for psychological help.

“In the Army you’ve got this young macho environment,” he says. “ They don’t want to be seen as ‘jellyheads’.

But junior and senior NCOs are now trained to identify if there’s a problem and try and work it out at the early stages.

But believe me, you haven’t got loads of lads sitting traumatised in these forward operating bases, far from it.” [Post continues below ‘War Torn’ Special Offer]

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He continues: “What we forget is that there’s a population of men and women in this country who like to fight. There’s a ten-month waiting list to get into the Army.

“If problems arise, it’s later on. Between 11-13 per cent of people who come out of the services have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in some form.”

McNab is now 50 and although he has been out of the army for 17 years the author is still shrouded in mystery. He has become famous for being anonymous, his picture always cast in shadow, his real name never revealed. Some wonder if all the secrecy is hype or necessity. He insists that after taking part in intelligence-gathering missions in Northern Ireland years ago, he and others could be in danger should his identity be revealed. He also served in Gibraltar, Germany and the Middle East.

But he admits that his new life as an author can be frustrating.

McNab was at one stage a technical adviser in Hollywood on movies such as ‘Heat’, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. And his play about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ‘Last Night, Another Soldier’, is due to be staged by the Old Vic this year.

He explains: “I got into a world of ‘luvvies’ but I found some things frustrating. If someone booked an appointment for 9am, I’d be there. They’d say, ‘we’ve changed it’. That really used to annoy me.”

Source: 7Days


Daily Echo
Monday 24th May 2010
By Stephen Bailey »

IF you’ve ever gone windsurfing in Studland Bay and got annoyed with another sailor, it’s good you decided to back off, because SAS soldier turned author Andy McNab has done a spot of windsurfing there himself – not that you would have recognised him.

The photo-shy Special Forces legend was visiting Dorset on business last week to give a lecture at Bovington Tank Museum and promote his new book, War Torn.

He appears at lectures with this face visible but asks for no photography – but do audiences try and get sneaky pictures of him anyway?

“People are all right – they know there’s a serious reason for it,” he told the Daily Echo, “because of the stuff I did in Northern Ireland.”

That “stuff” was working with the secretive 14 Intelligence Company trying to recruit informers.

If people recognise Andy, they could suddenly realise a Republican friend had actually been associating with the enemy.

McNab has been to the Tank Museum before and knows Dorset well, partly thanks to training with the Special Boat Service at Poole. And he is an honorary member of the 2 Rifles sergeant’s mess, a battalion of the regiment which replaced the Devon and Dorsets.

His new book tells the story of an ordinary soldier during the Afghanistan war and his wife’s anxious wait for news back home.

McNab keeps up-to-date by going to Afghanistan three or four times a year, either as a military commentator, or through his work with a private security firm.

However the fame his exploits with the Bravo Two Zero patrol during the 1991 Gulf War brings puts him in the spotlight among soldiers.

If there’s gunfire and he ducks first, he gets stick for a week. “I have to wait for them to get into cover first,” he laughed.

He added: “The lads are alright. They’re a bit quiet in the five to 10 minutes after a contact, then they all want to be in the book, they want to be in the newspaper column.”

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