THE Bookmark in Stockbridge is holding an event next month with best-selling author Andy McNab.

The bookshop is holding the event at the Grosvenor Hotel just a few yards from its High Street premises.

Andy McNab wrote the best-selling Bravo Two Zero and is celebrating his new novel Whatever it Takes.

The Bookmark is a small independent shop which has only been open for 18 months.

It is growing in its event aspirations, and have been hosting a number of visits to the Test Valley area by notable authors, including Winchester-based novelist Claire Fuller and naturalist Tim Dee.

Prior to opening the shop, Elaine Sperber was a television drama and comedy producer, both for HBO in the US and for the BBC.

"So It's been a real change of profession for me and I'm pleased that, in addition to the amazing P&G Wells, we are now a thriving outpost for book-lovers in the area."

Andy McNab CBE DCM MM writes about what he knows. For more than a decade, he has been a talking head for the MoD and a spokesperson for the military, commentating on both of the post 9/11 wars and directing debate. He has made countless visits to Camp Bastion, spent weeks with senior figures from the Afghan National Army advising on the transfer of power, collaborated with politicians to tackle both Islamist and Right Wing extremism and worked with young recruits at various UK training centres. He writes for a variety of newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic and is a regular contributor to national TV and radio as well as international networks on issues of security and defence.

He has written about his experiences in the SAS in three bestselling books. Bravo Two Zero is the highest selling war book of all time and has sold over 10 million copies in the UK alone. It has been published in 17 countries and translated into 16 languages. Immediate Action, McNab’s autobiography, spent 18 weeks at the top of the bestseller lists. Seven Troop was a Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller in hardback and paperback. McNab’s fiction also draws extensively on his experiences and knowledge of Special Forces soldiering. As well as the Nick Stone thrillers, he has written three thrillers featuring serving SAS operative To m Buckingham. The first of these, Red Notice, is currently in film production starring Sam Heughan, Tom Wilkinson and Ruby Rose. He has also written several series of novels for young adults and children. Eight of the Nick Stone thrillers have now been number one bestsellers in the US.

McNab is involved in a number of film projects on both sides of the Atlantic. He has worked as an advisor on a number of Hollywood films including Heat, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbour, The Expendables and The Transporter series. He campaigns tirelessly as a spokesperson and fundraiser for both military and literacy charities. In December 2015 he trekked to the South Pole to raise money for The Reading Agency. In the past year he has visited 12 prisons, 8 army bases, 14 schools and 7 workplaces to talk about education and literacy.

Andy McNab was awarded the CBE, Commander of the British Empire, for his services to literacy and charity, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017.