One of horse racing’s most colourful characters eagerly anticipated autobiography is set to hit the shelves in book stores across the country.
As from tomorrow racing fans will be able to read the countless tales and eventful life story of much loved racing presenter Derek Thompson in his new book Tommo Too Busy To Die.
Ghost-written by award winning racing journalist Lee Mottorshead of the Racing Post, the book charts happy, sad and controversial chapters in the 63 year old’s roller-coaster life.
It recalls moments such as when Thompson beat the Prince of Wales in a charity race at Plumpton, to trying to negotiate for the release of Derby winner Shergar, and his High Court agony during the Top Cees trial in the 1990s.
Of more recent episodes in his life it goes into detail about the his recent battle with bowel cancer and his departure from the Channel Four racing team after more than 25 years of loyal service.
“My old colleague at Channel Four racing Brough Scott suggested the idea of me putting a book together,” said Thompson.
“He said to me you have had cancer which you have beat and you have been axed from Channel Four so why not write a book and to tell all of your racing stories,
“It is amazing how the book has been written and without blowing my own trumpet it is a great read it has everything in it I have not held back on anything.”
While hoping that the book will be a hit with those interested in racing the Ashley based presenter also hopes that the it will suit a wider audience as well.
“I want the book to appeal to more than just racing fans and that is why I have called it Too Busy To Die as I want people to see how you can beat cancer and work through it as well,” said Thompson.
“I didn’t realise that you could work through cancer. When I was diagnosed with it I thought I would be stuck in bed all the time taking tablets.
“Lots of people have really helped me get through having cancer and as everybody knows I like to help people out and hopefully this book can do just that.”
Subject to Thompson’s availability plans are in place for him to do a book signing at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Friday, September 27.