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Billy Billingham grew up tough - a grim future ahead of him offering little respite from the hostile streets he walked. Leaving school at 11 years of age, the threat of borstal hanging over his head, running with gangs in Birmingham, and almost being killed in a knife fight eventually led to Billy discovering the British armed forces at 16 years of age. It would be the making of him. 

Billingham would graduate from the Royal Marine cadets to enlist with the Parachute Regiment in 1983, where he would serve with distinction as a Patrol Commander and expert sniper. In 1991 he took on an even bigger challenge - taking the SAS course - the fearsome and secretive elite special forces unit with a well-won reputation for excellence in operating in extreme and hazardous conditions. He excelled in this life, rising to the rank of sergeant major for the regiment, and undertaking dozens of classified and extremely dangerous missions. He would ultimately serve 17 years with the SAS, serving in countless war zones, winning a commendation for bravery and being awarded the MBE. After leaving the army he would embrace the life of a bodyguard to Hollywood stars such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sir Michael Caine, Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe before being recruited as one of the lead instructors on SAS - Who Dares Wins for television. 

Billy is a highly decorated veteran, with a reputation for excellence, honesty and integrity not only supporting his comrades Ant Middleton, Jason Fox and Ollie Ollerton but equally intimidating and inspiring the contestants who take on the gruelling challenges each week. The Hard Way details Billy’s story thus far but will also educate and enthral those wishing to seek a challenge and conquer it - the SAS way.

©2019 Mark Billingham (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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  • SerieLis
  • 2020/06/20

Strong Story, lessons learned, now take action

Inspiring, audio bit blank, but behind it all great lessons that can come from experience

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  • Ingemar Roos
  • 2020/04/28

Great!

Really liked it. Great story and very inspiring! A real insight to his life and career.

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  • Dave
  • 2020/04/12

Superb

One of the most interesting people out there, 100% give it a listen. Great story.

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  • 匿名
  • 2019/12/16

misleading

the story was great but mark billingham only reads the prologue and epilogue which I was very disappointed about as I dont like listening to stories not read by the writer

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  • mr s k hargreaves
  • 2019/10/31

A truly inspirational book!!

A no frills and tell it as it is book. The only way is the hard way!! And the message this book tells you is a no nonsense, honest and tough reality check we all can learn from. Well done Mark, you should be proud!!!
Shaun Hargreaves

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  • jonny
  • 2019/11/10

Superb

Absolutely brilliant book. What a total legend. Listen this book, You won't be dissapointed!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/11/26

shame Billy never narrated the book

good story however dissapointing to find that Billy doesn't narrate , i find it easier to visualise the story when the written narrates thier own story ,

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  • andy baker
  • 2019/11/05

Billy

The only issue I had with the book was the guy reading it doesn't get the anounciation of swear words and the way the sentences string together like a working class lad from Walsall but what an amazing story and life to hear about

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  • Owain Thomas
  • 2019/11/07

Brilliant stories, humble, great listen.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Highly recommend. Great sense of humour but at the same time very gripping.

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  • Dave Blundell
  • 2019/11/04

An inspiring story.

Although Billy for whatever reason only narrated the forward and epilogue. This book was an inspiring story from start to finish, about a poor young lad from the West Midlands. A right little fighter who everyone thought would fail! But a few souls gave him a life line in the form of guidance and he took it big time. Billy show's you that anyone from any background can succeed if you apply yourself, adapt and overcome. Thanks Billy 10/10

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  • martin
  • 2020/05/19

Enjoyable but felt like a lot was missing.

Mark Billingham comes over as a really nice guy who wants to help others but I felt let down by the lack of content and substance in the book. I understand due to the official secrets act there was a lot of stuff he could not repeat but it just seemed to jump from his early days to joining the army to SAS selection and then his private bodyguard and tv work outside of the military. I was a bit disappointed really.

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  • Ujay
  • 2019/11/05

Good one

Wish he had more stories about selection but good compact writing. He certainly had a great career with SAS and exciting life that. Really enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Clare Marmont
  • 2019/11/04

The hard way

Absolutely inspirational man, true gentleman and a true hero in every aspect of the word.

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  • Britpop
  • 2019/11/23

Inspirational and engaging

Having watched the C4 series ‘Who Dares Wins’, and read all of the other directing staff’s stories, there was something different in all of them. What I liked about this one from ‘Billy’ was his empathy, coaching of others, grit and determination. ‘Always a little further’ is something I have been utilising in my fitness/work/family life. Read this or better still, audiobook it. There’s great stories, life lessons and moments of adventure, joy and surprises.

Every young teenage Male growing up in today’s society should read this book. It’s got direction and purpose . Well done.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/11/12

great story

Mark 'billy' billingham's story is fantastic, it would have been a lot more enjoyable if it was narrated by himself. the only two points I could say needed fixing is the timeline sometimes is a bit hard to follow and the narrator is not suited to this type of story, he sounds like an old man sucking on a boiled lolly while he reads.

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  • GW A-UK
  • 2021/03/07

a good book but not what i expected

for me it would have been better if it had been read by Billy, that way i would have felt it more connected to Billy, rather than a third person reading it. enjoyed it none the less.

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  • Cherie
  • 2020/12/05

One Tough Bloke

Once I started listening it was hard to stop. From such a hard start in life it was just grit, perseverance and hard work to achieve so much. I have kept some life lessons from this book. To try your best and if you want to stop, go a little further. That my life is pretty good and I appreciate it more. That I should be respectful to everyone, you never know if that smaller unassuming guy could kill you with a pencil. Excellent book.

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  • Rebecca J Ross
  • 2020/12/03

WOW, how can I not go further now!

If I had the opportunity to invite any person to my table for dinner it would be Mark “Billy” Birmingham.
What an extraordinary man and life lived so far. The book is well written with the most epic epilogue I have heard - my heart was thumping in enthusiasm with his words. I hope there will be a follow up book

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/12/02

Worth it.

It is worth the time spent listening to an inspiring story that he has written.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/12/02

Great story, thanks for sharing

Awesome adventure of a life lived, would have preceded it to have been narrated by you you bloody yam yam

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  • Graham Poole
  • 2020/11/15

Great book

Great book, loved every minute of it and would recommend it to all people, as it’s an inspiring story.

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  • Ali
  • 2020/08/28

listen/read this book

great listen for those interested in people who overcome backgrounds to achieve a great rewarding life

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  • Jamie Jones
  • 2020/08/07

Fantastic Audiobook

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Billy's story, it was inspiring, gripping, exciting and entertaining. I couldn't stop listening to it and finished it an a day. Much respect and admiration for what he came from, how he turned his life around, what he achieved in his military career and subsequent life, also much gratitude for him serving our country.