In 1959, at the age of eighteen, Wiseman became the youngest person ever to pass selection for the SAS, joining from the Parachute Regiment, which he had joined a year earlier. He went on to serve in the SAS for 26 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant Major.
After leaving the SAS in 1985, his first book was The SAS Survival Handbook (published in 1986). Wiseman has since become a survival consultant, writing a number of other books on the subject, as well as appearing on television. When he provided survival training to the cast of the 1990 film Memphis Belle, his ability to make food out of unlikely materials inspired cast member Harry Connick Jr. to write Lofty's Roach Souffle.
- Ultimate SAS Survival
- Trueways Survival Skills with Lofty Wiseman (DVD)
- SAS Survival Guide: How to Survive Anywhere, on Land or at Sea
- SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea
- The SAS Self-Defense Handbook: A Complete Guide to Unarmed Combat Techniques
- The SAS Survival Handbook
- SAS Survival Guide
- The SAS Urban Survival Handbook
- The SAS Driver's Survival Handbook
- Outdoor Survival (Collins Need to Know?)
- SAS Self-defence Manual
- The SAS Personal Survival Handbook
- Secret Visitor (fiction)
- SAS Survival Guide (iOS App)