Andy McNab wins inaugural Ruth Rendell Award
7 Dec 2016
The inaugural Ruth Rendell Award was awarded to bestselling author and former soldier, Andy McNab, on Tuesday at the All-Party Parliamentary Writers Group Winter Reception.
We launched the Award in memory of the novelist Ruth Rendell, in partnership with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, to celebrate the author or writer who has done the most to raise literacy levels in the UK.
Andy McNab fought off stiff competition to win the award, thanks to his tireless championing of literacy over the course of many years. Andy has travelled the length and breadth of the UK, visiting factories, colleges, schools, prisons and libraries to encourage reluctant readers to take up the challenge of reading. He has inspired others with the story of how he struggled with literacy, but turned his life around by finally learning to read and write. His message is very simple; 'if I can do it, anyone can'.
Andy has also contributed four Quick Read novels, 250,000 copies of which have been printed, raising awareness of literacy issues and giving new readers the encouragement to change their lives. In 2015, Andy went one step further in his championing of literacy by undertaking an epic trek to the South Pole, to raise funds for The Reading Agency.
Andy was nominated for the Ruth Rendell Award by Baroness Gail Rebuck, DBE. He said:
“I’m delighted and very proud to be receiving this award. The literacy work I do is deeply personal. Had it not been for the education I received from the army as a 17-year-old, when I had the literacy of a 9-year-old, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Receiving this award gives me even more incentive to get out there and make sure that as many people as possible are helped to achieve, and change their lives for the better.”
Find out more about the Ruth Rendell Award on our website, and watch Andy's acceptance speech below: