Captain Tom explains how his spirit was forged on the battlefields of Burma
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in early April Captain Tom came up with a big idea: he’d walk laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS.
Despite using a walking frame as well as recent treatment for cancer and a broken hip, he was determined to hit £1000 by his 100th birthday on 30th April.
By the time the telegram from the Queen arrived, he’d raised over thirty million pounds.
In this, his official autobiography, published in support of the Captain Tom Foundation, he tells us of his long and dramatic life. How his spirit was forged on the battlefields of Burma where victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat.
How he fearlessly raced motorbikes competitively. How, in his nineties, he took off for the Himalayas and Everest, simply because he’d never been. And, finally, how this old soldier came to do his bit for the NHS, becoming the nation’s hero in our darkest hour.
Captain Tom’s story is that of a man whose insatiable curiosity and appetite for life have led him around so many unexpected corners – finding both adventure and joy. He said:
“I am so looking forward to sharing my autobiography with you which will help launch my new Foundation… I’d better get writing!”
‘Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day‘, published on September 17th 2020, by Michael Jospeh, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Captain Tom’s children’s picture book is about adventure, helping people and never giving up. The book tells the incredible story of the man who walked 100 laps of his garden and captured the heart of a nation.
Fully illustrated for younger readers, and following the key moments from Captain Tom’s incredible life, the book shows what is possible when we come together and never, ever give up.
It will be published October 1st 2020 by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s.
Hannah Ingram-Moore, Captain Tom’s daughter, said:
“As a child, I was an avid reader, I often had two or three books on the go at any one time. I have wonderful childhood memories of going to meet authors at Puffin Book Club meetings, proudly wearing my Puffin badge and asking authors to sign copies of their books.”