Non fiction

First Man In: Leading from the Front by Ant Middleton – Review

Ant Middleton is ex British special forces and most famous for his appearances in the TV programme SAS: Who Dares Wins, where members of the public take part in a curtailed version of special forces selection. And when I say members of the public, clearly these are hugely fit people who are as hard as nails, not people like me who’d cry 200m up a mountain path and try and order an Uber.

This book is a bit of a curiosity as it’s part memoir, part thoughts on leadership. It’s also a marmite book – I think you’ll either love it or hate it. What does shine through is how the military looks after its own on the battlefield but less so on civvy street, and the author doesn’t shy away from some of the issues he faced in adapting to civilian life (one of the lessons he draws here is not to hit a police officer, which would seem eminently sensible, and yet…). A resounding four stars from me, but that may be because I’m a huge fan of the TV series and enjoyed learning about the man.

This review is of a purchased copy.