WHAT a strangely frightening and yet enlightening year we have had since the COVID lockdown in March 2020. Much of it feels like a bad dream now, and yet we all know of those who have suffered losses of a personal or professional nature and wish it could be otherwise.
But life goes on and, for me, lockdown was an unusually positive experience because I was invited to spend much of it with Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 99-year-old war veteran who raised £33 million for the NHS by walking up and down his back garden with his Zimmer frame in time for his 100th birthday. It was such an honour and a privilege to work with this remarkable old man and today I received a Nielsen Silver Bestseller Award for the sale of 250,000+ copies of the hardback of his book Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day. It certainly was for me! Our second book together, Life Lessons, is also selling well and so the legacy of a man I came to call my friend lives on. Bless him.
In spite of lockdown, 2020 also saw the release of two new editions of my books - a WWII 75 year special commemorative edition of my international bestseller Born Survivors, and the paperback of One Hundred Miracles, both of them books that I am especially proud of and which have now been published in a total of 32 countries.
- Saturday August 21: FolkEast Glemham Hall, Books Tent at midday. In conversation about my books and the stories behind them
- Sunday August 22: The Low House Literary Festival, Laxfield at 2pm. In conversation with another author about Remarkable Journeys of the Second World War
- Wednesday August 25: Old Hall Cafe, Southwold. Supper and book chat from 7pm
- Friday September 10: The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth 7pm.