Sam Millar answers thirteen questions in a Booker's Dozen.



TPQ: What are you currently reading?

SM: Girl by Edna O’Brien.

TPQ: Best book you have ever read?

SM: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.

TPQ: A must-read before you die?

SM: The Bible.

TPQ: A preference for fact or fiction?

SM: Fiction.

TPQ: Favourite female author?

SM: Agatha Christie.

TPQ: Favourite male author?

SM: Cormac McCarthy.

TPQ: First book you ever read?

SM: Noddy Goes to Toyland by Enid Blyton (don’t start about her being a fecking racist. I was only eight-years old).

TPQ: Favourite childhood author?

SM: Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé, of the Tintin books (feck, another racist! No wonder my childhood was so fecked up!). 

TPQ: Any book you point blank refuse to read?

SM: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

TPQ: Any author you point blank refuse to read?

SM:
Andy McNab. Any author who places a bag over his head for fear of having his identity exposed (for ‘security’ reasons) is a total wanker. Claims to be a big tough SAS assassin, but shitting himself in public. The shop has already advertised you are coming to sign books, dickhead!

TPQ: Pick a book to give to somebody so that they would more fully understand you.

SM: On The Brinks. (Well, you did ask...)

TPQ: Last book you gave as a present?

SM: On The Brinks (cringing, but honest answer!)

TPQ: Book you would most like to see turned into a movie?

SM: There’s a pattern here. On The Brinks! (Hopefully this year).


Sam Millar is an internationally acclaimed author and former Blanketman.

Booker’s Dozen @ Sam Millar

Sam Millar answers thirteen questions in a Booker's Dozen.



TPQ: What are you currently reading?

SM: Girl by Edna O’Brien.

TPQ: Best book you have ever read?

SM: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.

TPQ: A must-read before you die?

SM: The Bible.

TPQ: A preference for fact or fiction?

SM: Fiction.

TPQ: Favourite female author?

SM: Agatha Christie.

TPQ: Favourite male author?

SM: Cormac McCarthy.

TPQ: First book you ever read?

SM: Noddy Goes to Toyland by Enid Blyton (don’t start about her being a fecking racist. I was only eight-years old).

TPQ: Favourite childhood author?

SM: Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé, of the Tintin books (feck, another racist! No wonder my childhood was so fecked up!). 

TPQ: Any book you point blank refuse to read?

SM: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

TPQ: Any author you point blank refuse to read?

SM:
Andy McNab. Any author who places a bag over his head for fear of having his identity exposed (for ‘security’ reasons) is a total wanker. Claims to be a big tough SAS assassin, but shitting himself in public. The shop has already advertised you are coming to sign books, dickhead!

TPQ: Pick a book to give to somebody so that they would more fully understand you.

SM: On The Brinks. (Well, you did ask...)

TPQ: Last book you gave as a present?

SM: On The Brinks (cringing, but honest answer!)

TPQ: Book you would most like to see turned into a movie?

SM: There’s a pattern here. On The Brinks! (Hopefully this year).


Sam Millar is an internationally acclaimed author and former Blanketman.

6 comments:

  1. Andy McNabb real name Steve Mitchell is a fantasist. I read the autobiography of the Regimental Sargeant Major of 22 SAS during the Gulf War and he was less than kind about what he had to say about that fuck up Bravo Two Zero. I also read Michael Asher's book years ago, he was a modern day adventurer, very familiar with the Iraqi's and he also thought McNabb was full of shit.

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  2. Thanks for doing this Sam.

    Steve - I read a short Andy McNabb novel a few years back and if memory is right I enjoyed it. Sheer escapism

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  3. Steve R
    You can spot contradictions or obvious falsehoods in all of their writings... none of what any of them say is reliable except maybe what they call 'beasting' during training.

    The first couple of McNab's books were ok but they quickly become repetitive.

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  4. Many thanks, Anthony. It was a pleasure.

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  5. AM/Christy,

    Very true. I recommend reading "Eye of the Storm" by Billy Ratcliffe. He ended up going through all the non-commissioned ranks of the SAS, was the only NCO in history to relieve a commisioned officer in the battlefield due to the officer cowardice/incompetence and subsequently was promoted to an officer in that regiment before retirement. There's nothing about Norn Iron in it at all, but oh boy does he stick the absolute boot into all the "autobiographies" of sas in the gulf war soldiers. He was the one they reported too. There's more shite in Ryan/McNabb's books than the Sun newspaper if that's possible.

    Oddly, he was very candid about the shear fear a lot of these tough SAS blokes showed in the gulf. Only human I suppose. He's still highly critical of the SAS today.

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