Stand Up Straight
Major General Paul Nanson

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Narrated By: Paul Nanson, Theo Solomon

Duration: 3 hours and 10 minutes

What to expect

'Inspirational… Sandhurst helped me to discover my potential. Now discover yours.' Tim Peake, ESA astronaut

‘Brilliant, practical advice. Can help transform your mindset and life.' Ollie Ollerton, star of SAS: Who Dares Wins and bestselling author of Break Point

For Life's Everyday Battles - T
he first official self-improvement and leadership book from the British Army's world-leading Sandhurst Academy.

Winston Churchill never surrendered.
Prince Harry has fought for mental health around the world.
Tobias Ellwood risked his life to save others during the Westminster terrorist attack.
Tim Peake became Britain's first astronaut on the International Space Station.
Nicola Wetherill led the first all-female expedition across the Antarctic ice.
Ed Withey even organized his wedding with military precision.

The one thing all of these individuals have in common? Their world-class Sandhurst training.

Stand Up Straight applies 10 simple but transformative lessons that every officer is taught during their time at the world-famous military academy. Modern and counter-intuitive, with its lessons ranging from making your bed and ironing your shirt to achieving discipline, emotional intelligence, resilience and fast decision-making under pressure, the book draws on first-hand experiences from war as well as the leadership lessons taught at Sandhurst.

The result is a groundbreaking personal development book that can easily be applied to every aspect of civilian life - work, home, confidence, anxiety, family and friends.
‘‘Military Mindfulness’ … can help us all reach our potential’ TELEGRAPH

Brilliant ... military rules that can change your life... Sandhurst’s precious life lessons, self-discipline, teamwork, even standing up straight, can make life run smoother, better, nobler, longer’ DAILY MAIL

‘Follow the General’s orders and fold your socks. You’ll be a better person for it’ ROBERT CRAMPTON, THE TIMES


Self-help, personal development & practical advice, Management: leadership & motivation, Military institutions

Listen to a sample

I loved this book.

CHRIS EVANS, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

Fight your own battles with Sandhurst's self-help book.


Inspirational… Sandhurst helped me to discover my potential. Now discover yours.

Tim Peake, ESA astronaut

These military men are on to something. Something as simple as making the bed really can change the mood of the day. Starting right increases your chances of tacking the to-do list with a sense of calm if not ease.


Brilliant, practical advice. Can help transform your mindset and life.