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Captain Tom Moore to publish two books supporting new charity
14 May 2020, 10:38
War hero and NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore will publish two books later this year as he launches a new charitable foundation.
The 100-year-old's autobiography, called Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day, and a children's picture book will support the Captain Tom Foundation.
The veteran became a national hero when he raised almost £33 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday on April 30.
His autobiography, to be published on September 17, will tell of his time on the battlefields of Burma in the Second World War.
'I am so looking forward to sharing my autobiography with you ...I'd better get writing!' The book will support the launch of the Captain Tom Foundation...more news on that to come! Thanks @PenguinUKBooks for the film#TomorrowWillBeAGoodDay pic.twitter.com/BOtyXAHGww— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) May 14, 2020
It will also tell how he raced motorbikes competitively, how he took off for the Himalayas and Everest in his nineties because he had never been before, and his fundraising efforts for the NHS.
Captain Tom and his family want the Captain Tom Foundation to help combat loneliness, support hospices and help those facing bereavement.
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!"
His children's picture book, to be published on October 1 by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's, will follow key moments from his life.
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."
Rowland White, publishing director at Michael Joseph, which is publishing Captain Tom's autobiography, said the book will "ensure that his extraordinary achievement becomes a lasting and powerful force for good".
Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Random House Children's, said the picture book will illustrate how Captain Tom "show(ed) the world that we are stronger, and can achieve more, when we work together".
"It is a message that we know will speak to families everywhere and will be at the heart of Captain Tom's wonderful children's book," she said.