Andy McNab CBE DCM MM joined the army in 1976, served in B squadron 22 SAS for nine years and commanded the now legendary Bravo Two Zero patrol in the Gulf War. After a fierce fire fight, three of the eight man team were killed; four were captured; one escaped. McNab was held prisoner for six weeks and relentlessly tortured. He left the SAS as the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier in February 1993.
Over the past year McNab has visited numerous prisons, army bases, schools and work places to talk about education and literacy. In 2016 he was awarded the inaugural Ruth Rendell Award which was launched by the National Literacy Trust and the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS), to celebrate writers helping to raise literacy levels in the UK either through their writing and books or through their advocacy and championing of the cause of literacy. His children's book series Get Me Out of Here! (Scholastic) co-written with Phil Earle is targeted at reluctant readers.
He is patron of Help for Heroes and Childline, an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a multiple Quick Read contributor. His books include the bestselling war memoir of all time Bravo Two Zero, two further memoirs (Immediate Action and Seven Troop) and a series of No.1 bestselling novels. Andy has also created the bestselling New Recruit series about a teenage soldier for the young adult audience and collaborated with scriptwriter Robert Rigby on the YA thriller series Boy Soldier. He writes for a range of newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic.
No stranger to Hollywood, McNab has worked as an advisor on a number of Hollywood films including Heat, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbour, The Expendables and The Transporter series. At present he has two films in pre-production: Red Notice (starring Luke Evans and directed by Nick Love) and Echelon (published as Firewall, an early Nick Stone novel). Andy is a producer on both movies and co-writer on Echelon.
McNab is frequently consulted as a spokesperson for the military. A regular visitor to Downing Street and the House of Commons through his work with the military and as a campaigner for literacy, he is currently working with politicians to tackle both Islamist and Right Wing extremism. Through his military recruitment business ForceSelect Andy advises on the recruitment of ex-servicemen and women, as well as providing personnel for corporations and individuals working in hostile environments through his private security company based near the SAS base in Hereford. He is a board member of the soon to open Oxford Centre for the Advancement of human potential (part of Oxford University's Department of Experimental Psychology), which is supported by the MoD and US Department of Defense. He annually joins Prince Charles as a judge on the Sun's Military Awards (the Millies).