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Andy McNab

Andy McNab went from being a teenage delinquent to serving with the SAS all over the world. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero and was awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal. Since leaving the army, he has written three non-fiction books, a number of thrillers (including the Nick Stone series) and books for young adults. Andy lectures to intelligence and security agencies in the UK and US, and advises Hollywood on military issues.

Interviewed 01 August 2015

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Varied. My life philosophy: Why not give everything a try.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

I’m in a hotel in New York: a yellow cab, tall buildings, a firetruck, lots of people mooching about in the sunshine (they must make up the nine, surely?)

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Beans on toast and a brew!

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Henry VIII - I’ve recently done a book on good psychopaths (I’m one!) but Henry VIII is perhaps the most famous psychopath of all time!
Charles Dickens - I’ve been working my way through all the classics that I should have read at school. Dickens has really captured my imagination and I’m in awe of his descriptions, especially the Kent marshes in Great Expectations. You really feel like you are there.
Luke Evans - although as he’s starring in my forthcoming film SAS: Red Notice, we’re chatting a lot already.
Ernest Hemingway - because he did it all - fought in WW1, present at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris, as well as lived as an adventurer. Oh, and wrote a few successful books!
Marie Colvin - a great war journalist and example of courage.
Brigadier General Sheren Shah Kobadi, commander of the Afghan National Army – this guy is a legend in Afghanistan, he fought both against and for the Mujahideen, was imprisoned, served as a Kandak commander against the Taliban during the civil war and then the Northern Alliance before being appointed to the Afghan Ministry of Defence before returning to conflict.
Suggs from Madness – just to lighten the mood a bit!

Six things you can't live without ...

Tea - always time to make a brew!
Laptop - I work on the go, doesn’t matter where, as long as I’ve got my laptop with me I’m good to go.
iPhone - I do break them quite often, good excuse to get an upgrade.
Passport - I travel the whole time.
Surfboard - why not!
Credit card – probably should say my wife, but that made me think of the credit card bills!

Five favourite words ...

‘I really love your books.’ Ha ha!

Four places you'd run away to ...

Cornwall - fantastic surfing.
Costa Rica - yes it’s about the surf again.
New York - my favourite city.
Hereford - where the SAS are based and where I have lots of mates still. If I was running away from something specific, they’d be a good bet.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451.
Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void - I read this when I first started writing myself. It is a brilliantly written book and I buy copies to give to other people the whole time.
Roald Dahl’s The Twits - my favourite Roald Dahl story. I had to get a copy for a friend’s son - probably given him a few ideas to wind his dad up with!

Two things that make you rant ...

Literacy - I rant in a good way (I hope!) about how important it is for kids and adults alike to make the most of learning opportunities. Reading changed my life, and it has the power to do that to everyone.
Laziness - I don’t get the point of putting things off. I think it is the psychopath part of me, but if you need to do something, why not just get on and do it?

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Switch on and go back to school. Stop being a d*ckhead.