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Publisher Description

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life.

Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

To survive the gruelling selection process to become a member of the elite you need toughness, aggression, meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting self-discipline, all traits that make for the best leaders.

After 13 years service in the military, with 4 years as a Special Boat Service (SBS) sniper, Ant Middleton is the epitome of what it takes to excel. He served in the SBS, the naval wing of the special forces, the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal, achieving what is known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces. As a point man in the SBS, Ant was always the first man through the door, the first man into the dark, and the first man in harm’s way.

In this fascinating, exhilarating and revealing book, Ant speaks about the highs and gut-wrenching lows of his life – from the thrill of passing Special Forces Selection to dealing with the early death of his father and ending up in prison on leaving the military – and draws valuable lessons that we can all use in our daily lives.


‘The best book of the year. First Man In will supercharge your life. Incredible.’ Tom Marcus, author of bestseller Soldier Spy

About the author

Ant Middleton is the front man for Channel 4’s hit show, SAS: Who Dares Wins. Born in Portsmouth and raised in rural France, Ant set his sights on a career in the armed forces and didn’t stop striving until he achieved his goal. Over the course of his career he has served in the Special Boat Service, the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal, achieving what is known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces.

Biographies & Memoirs
31 May
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

17inchafricanrefugee ,

Pretty interesting life and offer unique perspectives on leadership

He probably has his reasons but I wish he went more in depth with the sbs field work he did rather than jumping to the boat reenactment part.

Kaffbob ,


Where do I even start to articulate what I have just read ? Yes it may have taken a mont or so but I had to stop so many times to really sit back and reflect on the words he was “saying”. This is a book I will forever keep. I am definitely going to buy a hard copy and read it over and over again so much so it will be worse than my Harry Potter book stuck together with sticky tape! - (I think I will need a metric tonne of glue to keep it together after I’m done) this book will forever be in my top 5! Thank you Ant! Please write more and more the knowledge and experience you have is something I could sit down for hours listening too! Xx

Tye y ,


One of the most interesting, insightful & applicable pieces of work you could read.

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