Steven Billy Mitchell (1959), usually known by the pseudonym and pen-name of Andy McNab, is a novelist and former British Army infantry soldier. Andy McNab was abandoned and then adopted. After dropping out of school he effentually joined the British Army after being released from juvenile detention. Despite his lack of reading ability when he joined the army, he came into public prominence in 1993 when he published Bravo Two Zero which contained an account of a military mission in which he had taken part with the Special Air Service (SAS) during the Persian Gulf War, for which he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. McNab has published other fiction and nonfiction books including two autobiographies.