Stephen Fry, Ben Bailey Smith and Helena Bonham Carter are to narrate the audio edition of The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain (Bloomsbury), edited by Katherine Rundell.
Publishing in audio format on 11th November, the trio will each read a third of the book, narrating the stories, poems and essays, "taking on animal friends from insects to elephants, high-flying grandmas, a homesick sprite, the tooth fairy, and even extra-terrestrial life", the publisher has said.
First released online to entertain children during lockdown, the collection of over 100 works from the authors and illustrators of children’s books has been read by over half a million people, and has sold over 3,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market since publishing in hardback on 1st October.
Selected stories from the collection are available to listen to on Sound Cloud, and include Michael Morpurgo's "A Song of Gladness" read by Fry, "Hope" by Anthony Horowitz narrated by Bailey Smith, and Jessie Burton's "Daphne and the Doughnuts" told by Bonham Carter.
The proceeds from the audiobook will be donated to NHS Charities Together, including 35% of publisher’s net receipts or at least £1 per copy.