A fit of Peake: Century lands astronaut's memoir

A fit of Peake: Century lands astronaut's memoir

Century will publish British astronaut Tim Peake's autobiography on 15th October and mark publication with a five-date Penguin Live tour. 

Limitless: The Autobiography is the "thrilling life story of Britain’s most popular astronaut, who inspired a generation of children and adults with his six-month mission to the International Space Station in 2016", said Penguin Random House.

Ben Brusey, Century publishing director, acquired world rights in print, serial, digital and audio from Julian Alexander at The Soho Agency. The book will be published in hardback, e-book and in audiobook read by the author. 

Brusey said: “From start to finish, Limitless is an inspirational, thrilling read. It also reveals a personal side to Tim we’ve never seen before – his vulnerability and the real man behind the heroic headlines. I am certain Limitless will inspire readers up and down the country, and of all ages. It will be one of the autobiographies of the year, a classic for years to come.”

Peake added: “Limitless is a story of perseverance. Nineteen years old, finished with school and working full-time as a barman, I never dreamt that one day I would be looking down on Earth from space. It has been a truly remarkable journey – and it led to the most extreme of destinations.”

Based on exclusive diaries and audio recordings from his mission, Peake takes readers "closer than ever before to experience what life in space is really like", reads the synopsis. 

Limitless also charts Peake’s surprising road to becoming an astronaut, from a shy and unassuming boy from Chichester who had a passion for flight, to a young British Army officer, Apache helicopter pilot, flight instructor and test pilot who served around the world. Peake’s extensive eight-year career in the Army included the command of a platoon of soldiers in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, deployment in Bosnia, and flying multiple high-risk sorties as a test pilot, including operations in Afghanistan. After he was selected by the European Space Agency from over 8,000 candidates, Peake undertook six years of training to be an astronaut, being tested physically, psychologically, emotionally and intellectually; from learning Russian in St Petersburg to coping with the darkness and claustrophobia of living for days in caves in Sardinia and under the ocean off the coast of the US. 

Peake will support publication with a major in-person publicity, marketing and events campaign, including a five-date Penguin Live nationwide theatre tour to York, Aberdeen, London, Kingston and Nottingham, where he will be in conversation about his life and career in a series of exclusive, intimate events. Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.