One Minute With: Andy McNab
Friday 14 May 2010
Where are you now and what can you see?
I am in London... in the boardroom of a military recruitment company called Force Select. The view is of the Toucan pub in Soho, where I'll be going soon to meet a couple of mates very soon.
What are you currently reading?
'Flipnosis' by Dr Kevin Dutton. He is a research fellow at Cambridge University and talks like he should be selling fruit and veg on a market stall. He has written this brilliant book on the art of split-second persuasion.
Choose afavourite writer and say why you like him/her
I know there will be a collective sigh and readers will think "predictable". However, it has to be Charles Dickens. He encapsulates human life. If you replaced his horse and carriage with a car, and his coal fire with central heating, his books could have been written yesterday
Decsribe the room where you usually write
In a small converted barn...It has two windows and far too many things to distract me.
What distracts you from writing?
Everything inside the barn... a TV, running machine, drum set and coffee machine. Also people continuously come in... I have a sign on the door that says "piss off I'm busy". Thankfully they ignore that.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
It has to be Nick Stone, the hero of my thrillers. Everything good about him is, of course, me and everything bad I've made up.
What are your readers like?
They tell me they really love the books or really hate them. There never seems to be an in-between.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Muhammad Ali. Since I was a kid and discovered he never wore underpants, which I copied, he has been my hero. Not only for his boxing but for the way he always stood up for what he believed
'War Torn' by Andy McNab and Kym Jordan is published by Transworld
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Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Not suppost to cry': 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 4 Lana Del Rey rape video: Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking leaked footage
- 5 Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants kill 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran
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Beyoncé '7/11' music video: Star bounces on bed in low-fi homage to viral video
Angelina Jolie confirms retirement from acting: 'I've never been comfortable on-screen'
Lana Del Rey rape video: Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking leaked footage
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track