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.”

Go here to read the full article


Andy was a guest on the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show Podcast yesterday where in talks – in a suit – about buses, about War Torn being 500 pages (who ripped out 28 pages of my copy??), Andys formula of writing, the upcoming Nick Stone movie, Andys new job as a director for a Boy Soldier movie, Andy bluffing, politics, Afghanistan and there’s a big challenge….

Go here and select the 24th of May to listen or download the podcast. Andy is on from 6min16s.

Below is a little video clip taken during the (radio) show.

Thanx again Ali for sharing!!


More spoils of war for McNab
By Hannah Stephenson – Press & Journal
Published: 22/05/2010

His latest novel, War Torn, which is also being made into a TV series, traces the stories of a platoon in Afghanistan who suffer both physical and mental injuries and how it affects their families back home.

The MoD granted him unprecedented access to Army welfare services so that he could get a genuine understanding of the lives of the families left behind.

“It’s not as bad as the doom and gloom that’s put about,” he says.

“In the last two years, there have been improvements.”

Counselling services for war-damaged soldiers are in place, but there’s still a stigma among servicemen about asking for psychological help, says McNab.

“In the Army, you’ve got this young, macho environment. 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.”

Go here to read the full article in Press & Journal


Andy was a guest at Simon Marlows show at BFBS Radio yesterday. They talk about War Torn amongst other things (and you’ll hear very good news about War Torn at the end of the interview!). To listen to the interview you go here, search for ‘Simon Marlow’, Wednesday Part 3 and – if you like – forward to 20.40 min.

Also Andy McNab’s ‘Kinetic’ – an episode on BBC’s Afternoon Reading about ‘Anger’ – can be listened to again here.

Thanx to Ali who sent us the links 🙂


If you haven’t bought it yet, War Torn is on sale now for 55% off at Amazon!
For U.S. fans who have asked, yes you can order from Amazon UK — it’s the only way to get Andy’s latest books. And if enough of us Yanks order, they might start releasing them here as they do in the UK.
Here’s the link once again to the sale price, no coupon code required: War Torn 55% Off