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Andy McNab – Thursday 20th May

We are delighted to welcome Andy McNab back to Bath for the publication of his new book, War Torn.

The Bookshop
The Paragon
Somerset BA1 5LS
Tel: (01225) 428111

Thursday 20th May – Doors open at 7.45pm for 8pm talk

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Soldier turned best-selling author Andy McNab is to speak at The Tank Museum to mark the release of his new novel ‘War Torn’.

Drawing on his own military experience and extensive research he has conducted both in theatre and on the ‘home front’, ‘War Torn’ provides a window on the experience of the modern British soldier in Helmand – and at home.

Date of Event: 19th May 2010
Time of Event: 19:30
Venue: The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG – Tel: (+44) (0)1929 405096
Entry Fee: £12.50

Source: The Tank Museum


Here’s the official synopsis for Andy McNab & Liz Rigbey’s ‘War Torn’ – I wasn’t too far of with my own translation 🙂

War Torn by Andy McNab and Kym JordanTwo tours of Iraq under his belt, Sergeant Dave Henley has seen something of how modern battles are fought. But nothing can prepare him for the posting to Forward Operating Base Senzhiri, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. This is a warzone like even he’s never seen before.
He’s in charge of 1 Platoon, a ragbag collection of rookies who he must meld into a fighting force, and fast. The Afghanistan conflict is as harsh and unforgiving as the country itself. Their convoy is ambushed before they even reach the FOB, and two of his men are grievously wounded, one scorched beyond recognition, the other left with only one leg.

Back at home, the families of the men – and women – at the front wait anxiously for news. Dave’s wife, Jenny, seven months pregnant, must try to hold together the fragile lives of those they left behind, all of whom remain in constant dread of the knock on the door and the visit from the Families Officer, whose job it is to deliver the bad news…

War Torn traces the interwoven stories of one platoon’s experience of warfare in the Twenty First Century. Packed with the searing danger and high-octane excitement of modern combat, it also explores the impact of its aftershocks upon the soldiers themselves, and upon those who love them. It will take you straight into the heat of battle and the hearts of those who are burned by it.

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Well that title should make you curious. And so it should be. Grey Man’s Land wrote about War Torn in a former post, adding some credit to Liz (Elizabeth) Rigbey, an excellent writer, who is the co-writer of this new Andy McNab novel.

But surprisingly there seems to be confusion in publishers-land  when it comes to the good ladies name. Take a look below, and spot the differences! Remains the question ‘why’ Liz is not (or doesn’t want to be) recognised as the co-writer of War Torn (at least in the UK). One has to wonder what kind of promotion this book will get (so far none whatsoever, except on our ‘right-on-top’ fab website, of course). At a presentation I know my first question would be ‘Who is Kym Jordan’?? But of course I know the answer to that one already…


There’s a new book coming this summer, written by Andy with co-writer ‘Kym Jordan’ (Liz Rigbey): ‘War Torn’ – A novel of Men at War.

Small synopsis: “Set both in Afghanistan and the UK, War Torn revolves around a close knit group of soldiers and their friends, families, and loved ones.”

From what I understand is that the book revolves around Sergeant Dave Henley and his unit, who are on a military mission in Helmand, Afghanistan – and the home-front: Jenny Henley and the other women and families left behind: As much as their loved ones are dealing with the dangers in a war-torn country, they struggle with their fear and anxiety, trying to cope with ‘being apart’ and not knowing whether their husbands are hurt…or worse. The story is told from the soldiers point of view as well as that from their spouses at home.

Liz (Elizabeth) Rigbey (1957), Andy’s co-writer,  has written 3 very successful novels: Total Eclipse (1995), Summer Time (2003) and The Hunting Season (2007). She studied English literature, has been a scriptwriter for BBC TV and radio and has also been a consultant for international aid projects in various countries, including Russia, Kenya and Afghanistan. Having 2 children, she says to be inspired by motherhood.

There will be a second book in this series which I think will be published in the summer of 2011. And also good news is that an outline has been optioned by the BBC for a Sunday evening TV drama.

For any non-English speaking fans I’m afraid I only know of one translation so far: The Dutch translation of War Torn will be published in September by Uitgeverij Bruna and the title will be ‘Afghanistan-Missie’.