2010
06.06

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.’”

For the full interview go here

2010
27.05

7Days
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

2010
23.03

A new Quick Read title from the author of Bravo Two Zero, published on World Book Day, 4 March.

Synopsis:
Afghanistan, 2009. A Rifle section is halfway through their six-month tour of duty in Helmand Province. Sixteen men from their Battalion have already been killed. Forty-seven others have been wounded and flown back home.

The last three months have been tough and it shows. Their kit is in a bad way. They are in a bad way. Young men with tans, scruffy beards, peeling noses and lips burnt raw by the Afghan sun. Despite the hardships they are enjoying their time out here learning how to fight the Taliban. The lads are on their way to becoming the best soldiers in the Army.

Last Night Another Soldier… is the story of four of the young men in this Rifle section, partly told from the point of view of eighteen-year-old squaddie, David ‘Briggsy’ Briggs.

Go here for more information and the first chapter

This book is also available for iPhones, go here for more information.

2009
20.12

By Richard Eden
Published: 19 Dec 2009

Kevin Spacey and SAS author Andy McNab form an unlikely partnership.
At first glance, they are unlikely allies: Kevin Spacey, the darling of theatreland, and Andy McNab, the rugged SAS hero turned best-selling author.

But Mandrake spotted the two men, accompanied by McNab’s wife, Jenny, last week at a restaurant in London next to the Old Vic theatre, of which the Hollywood star is artistic director.

The pair are, I can disclose, involved in a joint project for the new year. The star of The Usual Suspects is to stage McNab’s debut play, Last Night, Another Soldier.

Written for BBC Radio 4, it tells the moving story of an 18-year-old soldier going to war for the first time, in Afghanistan.

McNab certainly knows his stuff: he was Britain’s most decorated serving soldier when he left the Army in 1993.

Source: The Telegraph

2009
13.10

In one of our former posts about the Quick Reads releases on their 5th year anniversary you could read one of Andy’s books will be released too: ‘Last Night Another Soldier’. All anniversary books are available on World Book Day, 4 March 2010.

Synopsis:

Afghanistan, 2009. A Rifle section is halfway through their six-month tour of duty in Helmand Province. Sixteen men from their Battalion have already been killed. Forty-seven others have been wounded and flown back home. The last three months have been tough and it shows. Their kit is in a bad way. They are in a bad way. Young men with tans, scruffy beards, peeling noses and lips burnt raw by the Afghan sun.

Despite the hardships they are enjoying their time out here learning how to fight the Taleban. The lads are on their way to becoming the best soldiers in the Army. “Last Night Another Soldier” …is the story of four of the young men in this Rifle section, partly told from the point of view of eighteen-year-old squaddie, David ‘Briggsy’ Briggs.

Andy McNab's 'Last Night Another Soldier'

2009
02.10

Andy McNab, Rolf Harris and Peter James are among the authors lined up to write Quick Reads for next year’s campaign, the fifth anniversary of the initiative.

The Quick Reads will be backed with new designs and marketing, with the series to be rebranded as “short, sharp shots of entertainment”.

The 10 titles will all be available as downloads from the Quick Reads website. The books will be priced at £1.99 and will be published on World Book Day, 4th March 2010. The price for the downloadable versions has not yet been set. A key backlist title will be made available free, for a limited period, as part of the launch promotion.

Chair of Quick Reads Dame Gail Rebuck said: “The publishing industry should be extremely proud of Quick Reads’ achievements and impact over the past five years. Quick Reads has not only transformed the lives of thousands of people by improving their confidence, skills and self-esteem but also by helping them discover the joys of reading.

“It is vital that as an industry we continue to support Quick Reads and encourage our readers of the future.”

The organisers added that there was “increasing trade support” from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, W H Smith, Waterstone’s, Borders, Easons, Dubray Books, Hughes & Hughes, Amazon, independents, wholesalers, and library suppliers.

Quick Reads 2010
Last Night Another Soldier by Andy McNab (Corgi Books)
The Perfect Holiday by Cathy Kelly (HarperCollins)
The Perfect Murder by Peter James (Pan)
Doctor Who: Code of the Krillitanes by Justin Richards (BBC Books)
Hello Mum by Bernadine Evaristo (Penguin)
Money Magic: Seven Simple Steps to True Financial Freedom by Alvin Hall (Hodder)
Traitors of the Tower by Alison Weir (Vintage)
We Won the Lottery: Real Life Winner Stories by Danny Buckland (Accent Press)
Life’s Too Short: True Stories About Life at Work with foreword by Val McDermid (Bantam Books)
Buster Fleabags by Rolf Harris (Corgi Books)

Source:  The Bookseller.com