Abandoned as a baby, Andy McNab’s start in life was tough. Growing up in South London with foster parents, and surrounded by poverty, he attended seven schools in as many years, disillusioned and in remedial classes. It wasn’t long before his life descended into petty crime. By the age of sixteen, he was in juvenile detention.
Recruited into the Army from there, it soon became apparent that he had the reading age of an eleven year old. The next six months in the Army education system changed his course of his life forever. Today Everything Changes is the inspiring story of when life changed for Andy McNab.
Here’s another Quick Read that’s on the World Book Night reading list and that I’ve read as part of my reading challenge.
It’s a good insight into army recruitment, training and daily life and reads true rather than propoganda. I always wondered why the training was so brutal, down to the cleanlines of boots and tidiness of lockers but reading this made it all make sense.
I’m not really into army type books whether they be fiction or non fiction but this book is the perfect read to get a brief introduction into army life from someone on the inside. The narrative is simply written and easy to understand so I pretty much got through it in an hour or so.
I liked the words McNab’s Captain used and he now uses himself – “you’re not thick, you’re just not educated yet” and even after a rubbish start in life he’s still made something of his life and is really an inspiration to others. Army life isn’t suited to everyone but this book really shows how you can turn your life around and have a positive outcome.
Overall, it’s an interesting read and you may be surprised that you’ll enjoy it, as was I!
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