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Monocle Reads: Major General Paul Nanson
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23 April 2020
Georgina Godwin is joined by Major General Paul Nanson. Serving in Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, Bosnia and Iraq, Paul’s military career has spanned three decades. Now he has put experience down on paper in the form of a self-help book. ‘Stand Up Straight' provides the reader with 10 life lessons from Sandhurst and tells how to change your life for the better, you can start by folding your socks.
23 April 2020
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