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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Andy McNab

Andy McNab

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First broadcast: Sun 09 Jan 2005

Thriller writer, Soldier

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the former SAS soldier turned author Andy McNab.

After being abandoned as a baby, he was adopted and was brought up in the Peckham area of South London. A life of minor crime followed until he joined the infantry with the Royal Green Jackets in 1976 progressing to the SAS. In the Gulf War, McNab commanded the Bravo Two Zero patrol, given the task of destroying underground communication links in Iraq and mobile Scud launchers. Three of the eight-man patrol were killed, one escaped and four were taken prisoner by the Iraqis and tortured over a six-week period. He's been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal and was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he left the SAS in 1993. His book Bravo Two Zero became a bestseller and this was followed by his autobiography Immediate Action. Since then, he's published seven novels about a former soldier who then works for British Intelligence.

Elements of this programme may offend or upset some listeners.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

The Clash

1.

The Clash

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Performer: The Clash

Others who chose this artist

Phil Collins

2.

Phil Collins

In the Air Tonight

Performer: Phil Collins

Others who chose this artist

David Bowie

3.

Castaway's favourite

David Bowie

Sweet Thing

Performer: David Bowie

Others who chose this artist

Madness

4.

Madness

Baggy Trousers

Performer: Madness

Others who chose this artist

The Pogues

5.

The Pogues

Battle March Medley

Performer: The Pogues

Others who chose this artist

Panjabi MC

6.

Panjabi MC

Mirza Part 2

Performer: Panjabi MC

Others who chose this artist

Red Hot Chili Peppers

7.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Californication

Performer: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Others who chose this artist

Camille Saint-Saëns

8.

Camille Saint-Saëns

The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

Others who chose this artist

Book

Any book by Charles Dickens

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A gollock

Others who chose a similar luxury

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