Petworth Festival is privileged to welcome an author who has experienced more in his life than most! From the day he was found in a carrier bag on the steps of Guy’s Hospital, Andy McNab has lived an extraordinary life.
As a teenage delinquent, he kicked against society. As a young soldier he waged war against the IRA in the streets and fields of South Armagh. As a member of 22 SAS he was at the centre of covert operations for nine years – on five continents. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, ‘will remain in regimental history for ever’.
Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS. Since then he has become one of the world’s bestselling writers, drawing on his insiderknowledge and experience. As well as three non-fiction bestsellers, he is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone thrillers, several other fiction and non-fiction titles as well as a series of books for young adults.
Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK,works in the film industry advising Hollywood on everything from covert procedure to training civilian actors to act like soldiers, writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines and campaigns tirelessly as a spokesperson and fundraiser for both military and literacy charities.