HE IS a former British Special Forces soldier turned novelist and he will be in Kirklees next month to talk about his life.

Chris Ryan will be at Cleckheaton Town Hall on September 5 as part of a launch tour for his new book, Killing For The Company.

Chris Ryan hit the headlines as the only member of an eight-man SAS mission, Bravo Two Zero, to escape during the First Gulf War in 1991.

Sergeant ‘Chris Ryan’ is a pseudonym for the former British Special Forces operative and soldier turned novelist.

Chris spent 10 years with the SAS. He was born in Newcastle in 1961 and joined the elite force in 1984.

During his years with the SAS he was involved in overt and covert operations as well as being sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team.

It was during that war that Chris became the only member of an eight man unit to escape from Iraq.

Three of his colleagues were killed and four captured.

It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS and for this he was awarded the Military Medal. For his last two years in the SAS, Chris was selecting and training potential recruits for the SAS.

He wrote about his experience in the bestseller The One That Got Away which was adapted for screen.

Since then he has written three other works of non-fiction, 14 bestselling novels and a series of children’s books.

Chris also lectures in business motivation and security and is currently working as a bodyguard. Tickets for his talk are £2 from Kirklees Booking Offices. Book online at www.kirkees.gov.uk/townhalls or call 01484 223200.