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Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier. He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years and worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide. He was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993.
Since then Andy has become one of the world's best-selling writers, drawing on his insider knowledge and experience. As well as several non-fiction bestsellers including Bravo Two Zero (1993), the biggest selling British work of military history, he is the author of the best-selling Nick Stone and Tom Buckingham thrillers. He has also written a number of books for children.
Andy is an ambassador for The Reading Agency's Reading Ahead programme and the author of four Quick Reads, On the Rock (2016), Today Everything Changes (2013), Last Night Another Soldier (2010) and The Grey Man (2007). Find out more about Andy at readingahead.org.uk.
What do you love about reading?
"Reading gives you power to do what you want to do in life. It teaches you so much - whether its other perspectives, skills, how to escape from life for a while..."
Why are you an ambassador for Reading Ahead?
"When I joined the army out of juvenile detention at the age of 16 I could barely read and write. The army changed that and I will always be grateful for that. Education changed my life, there is no doubt about it. Everyone deserves the opportunity to make the most out of their life, and education is vital.
If I can do it, and make something of my life, as a result of learning to read, then anyone can do it!"
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