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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, in An Ordinary Guy #Secretlyjustlikeyou, Andy Gilbrook shares what it’s really like to work for the Secret Service, the toll it takes on your family, friends and sanity, and ‘you couldn’t make it up’ escapades.
An Ordinary Guy #Secretlyjustlikeyou
Much like the stories of Le Carré, Fleming or Lee Childs, Andy Gilbrook’s AN ORDINARY GUY #secretlyjustlikeyou grabs its spy loving readership from its very first page. Where this books differs is that every detail, every assignment, and every moment where the author stared danger, or imminent death, in the face, is based on reality.
Updating the contents of his previously published three volume memoir, AN ORDINARY GUY is for all those who dream of covertly serving their country from the shadows, this 500 page plus biography is much more than just an adrenaline-fest, it is also laden with a poignancy that explains why, for the sake of mental health and peace of mind, Andy Gilbrook finally decided to tell his story.
Few people are deemed smart enough to be selected and trained as a spy for the British Government, and even fewer qualify. One such man, Andy Gilbrook, was uniquely chosen to do that very thing at the age of 16, and remains the only person to pass selection without an education through the university system. In this memoir, he shares tales from his unbelievable life, starting at the beginning, as a child, playing in the woods and fields around his home in Maple Cross, Hertfordshire, learning the skills he had no idea he would need in his future spy world, tracking, moving silently and invisibly, undetected.
His career ended, leaving him suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, after facing interrogation, torture and being stood in front of a firing squad in war-torn Angola, he escaped by stealing a Cessna 172 small aircraft piloting, alone and injured 700 miles to safety with only 4 hours unqualified flying experience. He faced the rest of his life knowing a dark secret had to be kept from everyone he knew.
In 2012, when he was informed his ex-MI6 secretary had died from cancer, Andy came close to breaking down mentally, and finally decide to reveal his secret life to his friends and family to release the buried secrets from his struggling sanity. A risky choice, one he did not take lightly, but he knew deep inside it was the only way forward for his peace of mind.
Suffering from PTSD as a result of devoting his life to Queen and country, this recounting of an extraordinary life delivers a very personal and eye-opening account of a person, who despite his courage and bravery is still happy to be considered just an ‘ordinary guy’.
This is a true story, and a non-fiction read. If you copy the hashtag part of the title and paste it into your web browser, it will take you to some interesting sites all concerned with British Intelligence, SIS and MI6 and how to apply to join the Secret Service.
Born in London on 23rd October 1955, Andy Gilbrook grew up in Hertfordshire as the middle of three brothers. At 17 he left school with no qualifications before being chosen as an Intelligence Officer recruit.
17 years into his career, it ended tragically, leaving him struggling with PTSD and unable to tell a soul what had happened. After years of keeping his secret from friends and family, then hearing of the death of his ex-secretary, he decided to reveal to all who he really is.
His tale is quite unique, exciting and unbelievable.
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