Andy McNab came to prominence with the best selling ‘Bravo Two Zero’ (Corgi). Andy explains the importance of vocabulary to the army, which helps build a sense of intimacy, and the relief soldiers feel when they hear a specific noise called ‘crack and thump’. Andy is involved in initiatives to raise the levels of literacy amongst young soldiers. His latest book for young people is ‘The New Patrol’ (Doubleday Children’s).
The poet and novelist Bernadine Evaristo has written a prose poem especially for The Verb telling the story of African soldiers during WWI. Her latest novel is ‘Mr Loverman’ (Hamish Hamilton), the story of an elderly Caribbean gay man. Bernadine explains just how his voice came to her.
Trevor Cox is professor of Acoustic engineering at Salford. To write his book ‘Sonic Wonderland’ (Random House), he had to teach himself to describe sounds without repeating the words ‘nice’ or ‘interesting’. Trevor gives us the background behind such sounds as the longest reverb in the world and musical roads.