Transworld has acquired a memoir by Jason Fox, an ex-special forces soldier and frontman of Channel 4’s hit show "SAS: Who Dares Wins", in a seven-way auction.
In his book, entitled Battle Scars, Fox will give an account of the operations that defined his military service and honestly discuss the the psychological impact of modern combat.
Fox's memoir has been described as both "adrenaline-fuelled" and "an important story" for its exploration of mental health in the armed forces. After a military career spanning 20 years, including 10 years as a Royal Marine Commando and 10 years in the Special Boat Service, Fox was diagnosed with PTSD in 2012. A year later found himself standing on a cliff-edge in Devon contemplating suicide.
Fox called the book "the story of my rise, my fall and my recovery".
"It deals in the truths about men, the military and mental health, and tells the story of my career in the Special Forces, and what happened to me once I’d trained and served as an elite operator only to lose it all," he said. "I’m immensely proud of it and can’t wait to work with the team at Transworld."
Henry Vines at Transworld acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Jon Elek at United Agents to publish in November 2018.
Vines commented: "Battle Scars is one of the very best books I have read about men and the military. It’s a visceral, heart-stopping account of battlefield drama, as well as a deeply moving and arrestingly honest exploration of the psychological trauma of warfare. It’s an important story, beautifully told, and we are thrilled to be working with Foxy to launch his writing career."