Bonnier Books UK is publishing a second book with ex-Special Forces soldier Matthew "Ollie" Ollerton, the star of Channel 4's show "SAS: Who Dares Wins", in 2020.
According to the publishers, in Battle Ready, Ollerton will share a step-by-step plan that changed his life, helping readers "to overcome their own obstacles to reach a higher state of focus and potential".
Ollerton draws on his own experiences, both in work, having survived the SAS selection process with a broken ankle, and in his personal life—battling a failed relationship, substance abuse and depression—to tell the story of how he turned his life around and pass on the lessons he has learned.
Matt Phillips, publisher for Blink and John Blake at Bonnier Books UK, acquired world rights for Ollerton’s second book from David Riding at MBA Literary Agents and Sam Graham of Red Monkey Collective.
"There have been a lot of books about mental health, but Ollie sees this as a book about mental wealth—that is, positive mental wellbeing and how to create it," said Phillips. "It’s a book that is going to help a lot of people who are going through a tough time right now, and also those simply looking for an improved sense of direction and purpose."
Ollerton said: "Often in life we find ourselves looking for an external fix—drink, drugs, other people’s agendas. But the truth is the solution is not out there, it’s inside. In Battle Ready, I’ll teach readers how to access this potential, find their inner strength and transform their lives.
"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."
Battle Ready will be published under the Blink imprint on 30th April 2020, and Ollerton will narrate the audio edition himself.
It follows Ollerton's autobiography Break Point (Blink Publishing) which, according to Bonnier Books UK, has sold over 100,000 copies across all editions.