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

  • Embark on an echanting journey into our country's past hundred years through the remarkable life of Captain Sir Tom Moore


    'A wonderful life story with lessons for us all . . . beautifully written' DAILY TELEGRAPH

    'Gloriously enthralling' DAILY MAIL

    From his humble Yorkshire childhood, via the battlefields of Burma and the peaks of the Himalayas, to becoming the NHS and the nation's hero during Lockdown, this is a journey for all of us.

    Who is Captain Sir Tom Moore?

    You've seen him on the television walking the length of his garden. A frail elderly man, doing his bit at a time of crisis. But he wasn't always like this.

    Where did he come from? Where was he made?

    From a childhood in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales, Tom Moore grew up in a loving family, which wasn't without its share of tragedy. It was a time of plenty and of want. When the storm clouds of the Second World War threatened, he raised his hand and, like many of his generation, joined up to fight.

    His war would take him from a country he had never left to a place which would steal his heart, India, and the Far East, to which he would return many years later to view the sight he had missed first time around: the distant peak of Everest.

    Captain Tom's story is our story.

    It is the story of our past hundred years here in Britain.

    It's a time which has seen so much change, yet when so much has stayed the same: the national spirit, the can-do attitude, the belief in doing your best for others.

    In this rich, happy life packed with incident you will encounter time and again the curiosity, courage and generosity that saw Captain Tom look around him during our current crisis and decide that something had to be done . . .

    'Engaging . . . His upbeat nature shines through and reminds us how much worse this year would have been without him' Evening Standard

    'A wonderful read. Captain Tom is a beacon of light, and hope, and positivity' Piers Morgan, Life Stories, ITV

    'A great book' Good Morning Britain

    'A beautiful book. We have so much to learn from Captain Sir Tom' Chris Evans, Virgin Radio

    'Fascinating. It's the life story of an ordinary man who is extraordinary' Michael Ball, BBC Radio 2

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  • One Hundred Steps: The Story of Captain Sir Tom Moore

  • A message of resilience and optimism, when we have needed it most. This is the book of hope for Christmas.

    A book about adventure, family, hope and what we can achieve when we work together. If ever there was a keepsake to remind us of the kindness and courage of these unprecedented times, this is it.

    From his beginnings in Yorkshire in 1920 through to his incredible fund-raising campaign for the NHS (with some wild adventures along the way!), this is the story of Captain Sir Tom's amazing life, beautifully illustrated by Adam Larkum.

    Published in support of the creation of the Captain Tom Foundation.

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