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Chris Ryan

Black Ops

The Sky Room, MK Gallery

Saturday 21 September, 4pm: £5
Free tickets available for 16 - 25 year olds: click for details

'Ryan writes the kind of no-frills prose that virtually dictates the pace at which it is read... If you want a demonstration of how 400-odd pages can pass by in the wink of an eye, Ryan is your man.' - The Independent


Chris Ryan is a former SAS corporal and was the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War. He turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories that the Official Secrets Act stops him putting into his non-fiction. His novels have inspired the Sky One series, Strike Back.

Born in Newcastle in 1961, Chris joined the SAS in 1984. During his ten years in the special forces, he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, he was the only member of an eight-man unit to escape from Iraq, where three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. He wrote about his experiences in the bestseller, The One That Got Away, and since then has written three other works of non-fiction and over 20 bestselling novels.

Chris will be in conversation with Rob Gifford of Stony Words Festival.

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