A Song for Tomorrow

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Tim with a copy of ‘A Song for Tomorrow’ in Waterstones, London

People with the chronic illness cystic fibrosis* (CF) definitely know that nothing is forever… here’s why…

 

A book has recently been published which lifts the veil on Alice Martineau, a CF heroine and brilliant singer and songwriter who has been a shining beacon for so many for what she achieved despite her health.

Alice was born the year after me and would have been approaching her 45th birthday in June. I didn’t directly know Alice but would know her better than most because of being the same ‘CF vintage’. We would also share a mutual battle with CF and a disdain for being called ‘brave’ while feeling a heightened desire to make every moment count.

Alice’s life reinforces the sentiment of Nietzsche that the person who has a ‘why’ to live can bear any ‘how’.

The book, ‘A Song for Tomorrow’, reveals Alice’s path to recording and securing a music deal with Sony for her album ‘Daydreams’ while featuring her songs ‘If I fall’ and ‘Inside of You’. Sadly the album was released only a few months before her premature death. The prose is underpinned by unconditional love – both with her family and her boyfriend.

‘People born with a weakness to fall are born with the strength to rise’ Rupi Kaur

The book uncannily depicts the highs, lows, hopes and frustrations of a CF life as well as my own memoir.

It also highlights what it feels like to have the chronic condition not just for the sufferer but for those around that person who equally immerse themselves in the CF rollercoaster ride. It also doesn’t hide away from sharing the bigotry and unkindness that CF people have to endure on a regular basis from ignorant strangers.

This book will make readers laugh and cry in equal amounts. It is poignant, thought-provoking, grounding and life-affirming. Importantly, it will increase the knowledge and understanding of the illness to a wider population; which from my daily experience is extremely helpful.

Both my mum Margaret and I met with the author of this fine book. Alice Peterson, a charming lady and exceptional story-teller, used our CF insights and the testimonies of others to fashion an epic book which fuses Alice’s life and fiction. Indeed, there’s an indirect reference to me in the book and my mum and I are kindly referenced in the Acknowledgements section.

Requiem for Alice

Everyone involved in this book – from Alice’s family, to my fellow CFers, to the publisher Simon & Schuster and especially to Alice Peterson – should be immensely proud of what they’ve created.

I believe that when you read this, and I strongly encourage you to, you’ll be delighted that you’ve got a tomorrow to look forward to. This is a Story for Today; A Song for Tomorrow…

 

I will keep you posted on my life-affirming moments, trials and tribulations as and when they happen. Please keep reading and sharing my blog and sign-up (on the right hand side tab) if you have not already done so.

Yours cup half full.

Tim

Tim Wotton (author of Award-Winning CF Memoir ‘How have I cheated death?’)

View ‘A Song for Tomorrow’ book and Alice Martineau’s ‘Daydreams’ album

 

* Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life threatening inherited diseases, affecting over 10,500 people. The condition affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food. Each week, five babies are born with the condition, however, each week, three young lives are also lost to it. There is currently no cure for CF. However, existing gene therapy trials in the UK are bringing people with the illness closer to a form of cure but CF is not that well known and would benefit from more public donations. For more information and to find out more view the CF Trust Website.

 

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About Tim Wotton

I live with my lovely wife (Katie) and spirited nine-year old son (Felix) in Morden, Surrey; working full-time as an internal communications specialist in the Oil & Gas sector. I have played sport, particularly hockey, tennis all my life and now regularly go to the gym. Cystic fibrosis has been a huge factor in my life, but not one that overshadows it. I have always had great support from my loving family - parents Margaret and Douglas (RIP), elder brother Chris and my twin brother Jez. I have many rich life insights based on knowing I have a reduced life expectancy and battling against the odds for over 44 years. My eyes and heart have been opened by my health struggle. I feel empowered to share my life lessons to help anyone with health and life issues to overcome. My passions include Paul Smith clothes, dress shirts (believing that it's enlightening to dress like it's your last day on earth), Alfa Romeo cars, spicey food, Harlequins and England rugby, Southampton FC, Wimbledon village and common, Dorset, seascapes, sunsets and military history. I am available for public speaking on this subject matter and can be contacted via timwottonAThotmailDOTcom. I have written a book 'How have I cheated death?' based on my euphoric countdown year to 40 which was published in 2014 and won the 2015 'Best Achievement' Award at the UK People's Book Prize. It is available via e-book, audiobook and paperback at Amazon and to order from UK bookstores. Go to the relevant sites below or in the UK go to a WH SMITH, Waterstones or Foyles bookstore and give them my name, book title and this ISBN number (9781849637190). It’s also available via GARDNER’S, BERTRAM’S, AUSTINMACAULEY.COM, BLACKWELL’S, PLAY.COM, AMAZON.CO.UK AND AMAZON.COM
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4 Responses to A Song for Tomorrow

  1. Luke Martineau says:

    Wonderful, Tim
    I am very proud of my contribution to this book and I really hope it will do some good for all who live with cystic fibrosis.

  2. Vic Roberts says:

    Hi Tim,
    Writing to you from (now, at last) sunny NZ.
    Thanks for the email.
    Gill has downloaded the book, and look forward to reading it in the quieter moments when Louis & Elliott are asleep!
    Love to all,
    Vic

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Tim Wotton says:

    Thanks Vic for your kind words. Enjoy the land of the long white cloud and please send my love to all there xxx

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