Bonnier Books UK has acquired a memoir by Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton, the star of Channel 4’s "SAS: Who Dares Wins".
Entitled Break Point, the book sees Ollerton talking about “moments in life when people refuse to accept their self-imposed limits and go beyond what they think they are capable of”. He writes about passing the notoriously gruelling SAS selection process with a busted ankle, his time as team leader in the Special Boat Service and saving children from sex trafficker camps in Thailand.
Publishing director Matt Phillips acquired world rights from David Riding at MBA Literary Agents and Sam Graham at Red Monkey Collective. The title will be published by Blink in May 2019. Phillips said: “I am immensely proud to be publishing Ollie Ollerton’s incredible story. Readers will come for the high-octane adventure, but they will press it into the hands of their friends and give it to their loved ones because of the humanity of Ollie’s experiences, the honesty of the retelling and the messages within – that you can overcome your doubts and your fears, that inside you is the potential for extraordinary achievement and, above all, that you only find out who you really are when it matters most.”
Ollerton said: “Special Forces soldiers aren’t supermen. We’re just ordinary people, with the same frailties and vulnerabilities as everyone else. But ordinary people can achieve the extraordinary. I am delighted to be joining the team at Blink and I hope that my story can help encourage others to feel that anything is possible.”
Break Point will be published in hardback and e-book, with an audiobook narrated by Ollerton.