Author and public speaker Alan Barry was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1964 and grew up in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Alan Barry published his first book “Salesman with an AK-47” in September 2015. It is an autobiographical account of the life of a young Irish Catholic immigrant who grew up in the UK in the 1970s, during the height of the IRA (Irish Republican Army)’s campaigns in mainland Great Britain.
The book recounts his personal experience of life serving in the Grenadier Guards, one of the British Army’s most elite regiments. Alan describes his professional military training and what it was like to serve as a soldier in Northern Ireland during Operation Banner in the midst of The Troubles, the violence of the mid-1980s. During this period of his life, the author witnessed the death of friends and was confronted with sectarianism.
After five years of military service, the former soldier became a highly successful sales executive at the height of the telecommunications boom. He rode “the rollercoaster of the 1990s, the Filofax era of the yuppies.”
Later, business failure led to personal desperation and the break-up of Alan’s marriage.
Salvation appeared in an unlikely place, during his five year assignment to Afghanistan.
In “Salesman with an AK-47,” Alan tells of his love and respect for Afghanistan, a misrepresented country, and its people. Unexpectedly, an incident in Alan’s military past unravelled him. The sudden and unexpected diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD from past military service leads the author to “the darkest hole I’ve ever been in in my life.”
Alan’s story leads us to Papua New Guinea where the author explains the country’s culture and her people “as I worked my way back from the abyss, surrounded by cannibals, mutinies and political unrest.”
Since the early 1990s, Alan Barry has held senior level postings for numerous telecommunications companies globally including Afghan Wireless; BeMobile, Papua New Guinea; Newroz Telecom in Iraq; the Solomon Islands; Smile Communications Uganda and Onlime.
Notable career highlights include: successfully launching 3G telecommunications services in the Solomon Islands, and 4G LTE in Iraq and Uganda.
“Salesman with an AK-47” has received overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon. On the back of the book’s popularity, Alan Barry is now a public speaker in the UK.
“If I have one wish, it would be that my book will help others to come to grips with their own demons, and bring closure to events that maybe need addressing in their own lives.”