Trapeze is publishing an Adam Kay edited collection of personal stories about the NHS from a host of stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Louis Theroux, Caitlin Moran and Jameela Jamil.
Orion executive publisher Anna Valentine acquired world rights for Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, from Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown, and the book will be published on 9th July 2020. Kay, Curtis Brown and Orion will donate all profits to charity.
The collection sees a roster of big name tell their personal stories of the NHS, “from the heartfelt to the hilarious”. It also features an exclusive new scene from Peter Kay’s multiple Bafta award-winning “Car Share”.
Authors contributing include Bill Bryson, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, E L James, Kate Atkinson, Ian Rankin, Monica Ali, Kit De Waal, Reni-Eddo-Lodge and Kate Mosse. There will also be stories from Juno Dawson, David Baddiel, Victoria Hislop, Matt Haig, Robert Webb, Matthew Syed, Dolly Alderton, Charlie Brooker, Peter Crouch, Catherine Tate and Emily Maitlis. Orion said more people were joining the list everyday.
All profits from the book will go to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects, and The Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children.
Kay said: “Every single one of us owes so much to the NHS. It is our single greatest achievement as a nation, always there for us, and never more so than now. Since this project was conceived barely a week ago, I have been blown away by the number of people who have been in touch to share their amazing stories. I hope that the book, and the money it raises for charity, will in some way manage to say thank you to the heroes who are putting our lives before their own every day.”
Valentine added: “In Dear NHS, 100 inspirational people come together to share their stories of how the national health service has been there for them, and changed their lives in the process. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, hopeful and impassioned, these stories together become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.5 million people who work within it. It is a privilege to be able to publish a book that gives something back to those who already give so much.”