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What I’m Reading: Andy McNab

The former SAS soldier came to reading late in life but is now a voracious reader. From a book that demystifies psychopaths to Malcolm Gladwell’s latest, here’s what's been on his bedside table recently.

Andy McNab
Andy McNab's reading list

Recruited into the army straight out of Juvenile Detention, at 17 Andy McNab had the reading age of an 11-year-old. He picked up his first book in an army classroom which has says changed his life.

As a young soldier, he served in Northern Ireland before moving to work in covert operations for nine years, across five different continents. During the Gulf War, he commanded the now-infamous Bravo Two Zero and went on to become the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier.

Drawing on his experiences, McNab went on to write three non-fiction bestsellers, including an account of his time in Bravo Two Zero which was later adapted into a TV show starring Sean Bean. He continues to write both fiction and non-fiction while also advising Hollywood on covert procedures and being a spokesperson for both military and literacy charities.

Here, he discusses his latest book pile with us.

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