Captain Tom Moore's autobiography is called Tomorrow Will be a Good Day

Image: Emma Sohl

There are few bright spots to the coronavirus crisis, but when we look back, without doubt one of them will be Captain Tom Moore.

The 100-year-old showed us the power of individual action, and inspired the nation by raising £32million for NHS Charities by walking 100 laps of his garden.

Now, Captain Tom will inspire more people – from the very young upwards – with his forthcoming memoir and children’s book. Both books will be published by Penguin Random House in support of the creation of the Captain Tom Foundation. The newly formed foundation will look to tackle loneliness, support hospices and help those facing bereavement, all of which are causes close to Captain Tom and his family’s hearts.

After his time in the army, Captain Tom Moore took part in races on his motorbike across Yorkshire

After his time in the army, Captain Tom Moore took part in races on his motorbike across Yorkshire.

Tomorrow Will be a Good Day, Captain Tom's autobiography, will show how the former soldier has been doing extraordinary things all his life. It will include tales of his time on the battlefields of Burma, the period he spent competitively racing motorbikes, and how he went to the Himalayas and Everest in his 90s simply because he'd never been.

The book will also talk about his plan to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by his 100th birthday on 30 April, and how his walk – completed even though he had recently had treatment for cancer and suffered a broken hip – captured the public imagination.

Captain Tom said: "I am so looking forward to sharing my autobiography with you which will help support my new Foundation...I'd better get writing!"

Rowland White, publishing director at Michael Joseph, which will publish Tomorrow Will be a Good Day, said: "When the country was looking for hope and reassurance Captain Tom stepped forward and made us believe that tomorrow would be a good day.

"Penguin Random House feels enormously proud, privileged and excited to be Captain Tom's publisher. His autobiography and children's book will ensure that his extraordinary achievement becomes a lasting and powerful force for good."

Captain Tom's children's book, to be published by Puffin, will capture his story for a younger generation, and will be about adventure, helping people and never giving up. It will be fully illustrated and follow key moments from Captain Tom's life.

Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Random House Children's, said: "We are thrilled and honoured to be working with Captain Tom to tell his and his family's story in picture book form. 

"One of the most extraordinary things that Captain Tom has managed to achieve at this difficult time is to show 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."

Captain Tom Moore with his birthday card from the Queen

Captain Tom Moore with his birthday card from the Queen. Image: Emma Sohl

Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day will be published on 17 September by Michael Joseph.

Captain Tom's Picture Book will be published on 1 October by Puffin.

  • Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day

    • Captain Tom Moore
  • Pre-order the extraordinary, heartwarming autobiography of Captain Tom Moore, the man who captured the nation's heart in lockdown.

    Captain Tom Moore is an inspiration.

    At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in early April this ninety-nine-year-old Second World War veteran 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 creation 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.

    A modest, decent, charming man with a can-do attitude and a twinkle in his eye, 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 only wanted to help other people - and yet he has inspired a nation to believe anything is possible by reminding us all it is never, ever too late.

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  • A book about adventure, helping people and never giving up.

    This is an inspirational picture book, published in support of the creation of the Captain Tom Foundation, which 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.

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