The judges for this category will have a tough time choosing between these books: a natural historian, a former president and a Second World War veteran are just some of the authors on this list. Weaving a string between all of these books is the remarkable stories they tell and the important topics they tackle, from racism to climate change to hopefulness.
Before you even get to the walk, Moore’s life story is worth reading as a record of oral history. He is old enough for this not to have been his first pandemic. He was born just as Spanish Flu was easing, in the year Rupert Bear was created and has lived through the Second World War, the first moon landing, the swinging sixties and the fall of the Berlin Wall... Despite a baggy, saccharine start, it is hard to criticise a man who has done so much good. His upbeat nature shines through and reminds us how much worse this year would have been without him.
What sets Moore apart from later generations is his unwillingness to be beaten down by circumstance. If he has a setback – and he has had many – he deals with it and moves on, trusting to hard work, common sense and the belief that tomorrow will be better (hence the book’s title). It often is. His wonderful and instructive life story – beautifully ghostwritten by the author Wendy Holden – should be required reading for politicians everywhere.