Convoy and Riggers book

Morning NAAFI bar

Myself and a friend have just completed a book. It's been proof read and we're now hoping to foist it on to an unwilling public.

We've spent the last year and a half writing it under a single pseudonym and are now looking to get it published. We're sure we've written something that people will want to read. It's the story of a lad joining the army and his adventures over the years that he's in. The thing that we feel that we've brought to the table thats new, is that the book is entirely comedic. No serious points are made AT ALL.

Anyone whos read my posts in the NAAFI bar will catch my drift. The book focuses completely on the aspects of army life that have always made me laugh.

As we've been writing, we've been passing on bits and bobs to a couple of site members (MDN, Aunty Stella etc) to make sure we're hitting the spot, and the feedback has been very favourable so far.

We're now going to tread the weary path of turning the manscript into something that can be bought on Amazon! We'll take the usual route and will self publish if we can't find an agent/publisher. All I ask of ARRSE members is if you know anyone in the industry or of a way you might be able to give me a nudge in the direction, to give me a shout on PM.


I've been asked to put this up in the NAAFI as this is one of the places where both Convoy and Rigger have thrived, entertained and made nearly all of us fire a trickle of mirth p1ss into our pants.

This from Convoy

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of ARRSE.

Myself and The Rigger have spent the last couple of years writing and trying
to get published, our book.

It's a comedy novel entitled "Picking Up the Brass" and it's finally
available for purchase. Quite a few people on ARRSE have had a look at
sample chapters etc and the feedback has been favourable. With a bit of
luck, it'll read like an extended NAAFI post!! The blurb on the back reads.

The book that Andy Mcnab wouldnt want you to read!

Picking up the Brass is a hilarious look at what real life
was like for the majority of young men who joined
the British Army in the Eighties. It follows Eddy Nugent, a
bored fifteen year old, living in Manchester, as he travels
through the drinking, swearing and sex-obsessed world
of our nation's finest. It takes him from basic training in
Harrogate and on to Aldershot and the rum soaked
shores of Belize.
Written by two ex-soldiers, the book captures the
uniques aspects of the British Military sense of humour,
through the language of 'Squaddie Speak'.
A must for anyone who has served, anyone who is
planning to serve or anyone who has ever thought,
"Surely everyone in the army isn't trained to kill people
with a toothpick?"

Registration with Amazon etc is taking a bit longer than we'd hoped, so
we've done our own little print run of 200, to get things started. This
batch will only be for mainland UK. Once our online registration is
complete, we'll be able to sort out worldwide orders.

The normal price will be £9.99 (+ p and p) but for the first 200, we'll
charge £15 (+ p and p). This will get you a signed copy and we'll stick a
quid to the British Legion.

If you'd like a copy - email myself or the rigger at or

and we'll get straight back to you.


I'd like to wish the pair of you the very best of luck, and I'm positive that 200 copies won't be enough to satisfy the demand of the NAAFI punters.

May I order copy number one, I'll give £50 for it, if you skiff it for me

Buy online here
My order is in, not for a skiffed one though, although if you could both stick a couple of pubes on the front inside page it would be appreciated.
I'll definitely be purchasing one. Well done to you both.
Emailed my request. Bout bloody time as well nice one lads :D

Some artistic range glue stains in the shape of jimmy would be nice as well if you are doing personal requests :wink:
I've had the privelidge to be able to have a gander at a couple of chapters and can honestly recommend the book.

If you like Convoys post on here then its right up your alley, no warryness, no tales of heroism and not a single embassy mention. Between them they have managed to capture every single little detail of life as a squaddie in the eighties and nineties.

Good effort chaps.
Registration with Amazon etc is taking a bit longer than we'd hoped, so
we've done our own little print run of 200, to get things started. This
batch will only be for mainland UK.
Mainland only - so none for us in NI? :(
If the posts these pair have offered up over the past couple of years are anything to go by, the book may well leave you needing new pants, oxygen and several rib transplants...

My order is in.
I'm in.
As soon as you can ship to Oz let me know as I'll take one.
By a long and circuitous route – my order is in for ‘Picking up The Brass’ (the story of a Trog, a black Ford Granada and a General after a Mess function)
Reserve me one of these excellent sounding tomes. Have emailed the Rigger
Ordered, now to find my bloody cheque book.

I can't believe this pair of luddites don't do Paypal ;)
I've had the pleasure of reading a couple of exerts from Convoy & Riggers book and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

If the rest of the book is like those chapters defining the British Tom in all his swamping, following through, brothel scared glory then roll on the belly aching laughs. :D

I wish the both of you the very best of luck and trust you have already begun the sequel to Eddy Nugents adventures?

Convoy posted the following a while ago when he & Rigger wanted to gauge the interest, the finished product may have changed slightly but it will give you an insight into what to expect….. Enjoy

When he came through the double doors adjacent to room one he was accompanied by Corporal Timms, who was carrying a clipboard, self-importantly. It was hard to eavesdrop, whilst trying to stand perfectly still, but the guy outside room one seemed to say the right things and the entourage moved inside, followed by the room NCO. For about five seconds there was relative silence and I thought maybe it was going to be alright. Perhaps they’d go easy on us, it being our first full day and all that. The first sign that this wasn’t going to be the case was a bedblock being thrown into the corridor. It was followed by Sgt Atkins roaring at the owner. Even when it landed in the corridor, it still looked better than mine. The guy outside Room 2 looked round at us and the expression on his face said it all. He looked like he’d seen a ghost and simply mimed the words, “Oh, fcuk.” I had to stifle the urge to laugh, despite my growing sense of dread and the fact that Atkins was only three rooms away. The destruction of Room 1 took about three minutes. I heard the same process being repeated eight times. First there would be a couple of questions from Atkins, the volume rising dramatically with each word. There would be a short nervous answer, interrupted by what sounded like a bear roaring. The unmistakeable noise of furniture being up-ended was next, followed by a short period of silence as Atkins moved to the next bunk. The system was employed identically in rooms two and three. As soon as they’d moved in to next door, Baker came out and stood beside me.
“You’d better get it fcuking right, Nugent.”
I was shaking like a leaf. I felt like I was going to be sick and drop a dog egg into my underpants at the same time. I counted eight sets of the, by now, familiar banging and clattering and readied myself for the onslaught.
Atkins emerged from room three, red-faced and angry. He made a bee-line for me and stopped no more than a pace away. I looked at him and started breathing in to say, “Good morning.”
“Don’t you fcuking look at me sunshine. Do you fcuking fancy me or summat?”
I switched my gaze to a point above his head and shouted,
“Good morning, Sergeant.” I stopped, because he was shaking his head angrily.
“What I think you’re trying to say is ROOM, ROOM, SHUN.”
Steve and the rest of the lads responded immediately to the authority in Sgt Atkins’ voice. I realised my mistake and started to shout,
“Too fcuking late, don’t bother. And never mind the ‘good morning’ b*llocks either, you’ve already fcuked it all up, beyond redemption.”
He turned to Lcpl Baker.
“Get a grip of your blokes, Cpl Baker, or I’ll get a fcuking grip of you.” He moved past us both and into the room. Baker followed him, shooting me a filthy look as he went by. I hadn’t really dropped him in the sh*t, it was all just a big blag between the DS, but I wasn’t to know that. I was just starting to feel sorry for myself, when Atkins screamed.
“Whose fcuking bedblock is this?” I didn’t really need to look, but I did anyway. He had impaled the offending article on the end of his paystick and was inspecting it with grim fascination.
“Jesus Christ, this is the worst one I’ve seen so far. It’s like a fcuking elephant’s nest. Did you have boxing gloves and a blindfold on when you did this?”
“Well you should have done. You might have done a better fcuking job. Bad start, Nugent. Bad fcuking start.”
He lobbed it over his shoulder, like a farmhand shifting straw bales. It bounced off my head and onto the floor at my feet. He continued to move through the room, voicing unsurprising opinions about our hygiene, stupidity and genetic make-up, all done at town-crier decibels. Only Col Mortimer came in for a similar amount of flak as me. He’d had the great idea of disagreeing with Sgt Atkins.
“Whose is this one?” said Atkins, prodding Col’s bedblock.
“Think you’ve done a good job do you?”
“Well, I think it’s sh*te.”
He pointed to a bulge at the back of the arrangement, that shouldn’t have been there.
“What the fcuk’s that? It looks like you’ve trapped Arthur Askey in there. So you think that’s up to standard do you.”
“So, I’m a fcuking liar am I?”
The rest of us were shouting silently, ‘Shut the fcuk up, Col,’ but he’d already stitched himself up. Atkins continued with the theme.
“So, what your saying is you know better than me. A spotty, little Geordie gobsh*te, who’s not even been in the Army for a week, knows better than me, a Sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals with twelve years service under his belt?”
“I’ll be fcuking watching you, Mortimer. No one likes a smart-arrse. Especially one with a grid like a pizza. Cpl Baker, sort this fine bunch of w*nkers out.”
He left the room, with Timms in his wake, urgently scribbling on his clipboard. As the melee began in Room 5, Baker debriefed us.
“Fcuking cheers, lads. That’s me in the sh*t. Well fcuk youse lot. When I’m in the sh*t, you’re in the sh*t. I’ll get you sparking, don’t worry about that. Right, put your stuff back together and wait for the next corridor call”
We started reassembling our bedblocks and putting the mattresses back on the beds. It looked like we’d been burgled by gorillas. Baker got called out, by the NCO from Room 3 and left us to our own devices. We were all in our own little worlds, panicking about what might happen next, when Paul Jones shouted across to Col.
“I carn’t fackin’ believe you called ‘im a liar, Col.”
Before Col could protest, we erupted into laughter. Fcuk, did we need it.
“What about me, I’ve got a fcuking elephant’s nest,” I added.
This got them all laughing even louder. When Alistair reminded us of the insult Atkins had levelled at him, about his weight, we were giggling like schoolgirls. He did quite a good impression of the Sergeant as well,
“* me, Mckenzie. You’re a bit of a fcuking blimp aren’t you. When you go to the zoo, do the elephants throw peanuts at you?”

Anyone who served in the eighties and nineties, this is a must read.

I'm not on commission but I'd be giggling my tits off if this made the WHsmiths top ten and someone had to read a page out on tele / radio (if they can find one without the word cnut in it :D

Dig deep, show these crusty ailing pair your support by buying 'Pick up the Brass'

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