My Story – How Love Changed Everything by Colin Thackery


Colin is kindly donating all proceeds to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery, who stole the nation’s hearts when he won Britain’s Got Talent, is the oldest person to ever sign a record deal, aged 89, Colin brought celebrity judges and audiences to tears as he sang ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ on Britain’s Got Talent.

The tear-jerking performance was a tribute to his late wife Joan and earned him four ‘yeses’ from the judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell.

How Love Changed Everything by Colin Thackery, the life story of a war hero and winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2019.
An “incredible tale of survival, love, resilience, heartbreak and redemption”, My Story: How Love Changed Everything is the life memoir of Ex Sergeant Major Colin Thackery.

All books will be signed by Colin personally and will be posted after the event in October.


“Enthralling, poignant and inspiring, Colin’s autobiography tells his story, from being a child during The Blitz, through fighting in the Korean War, touring the world with the army, becoming a widower after 66 years of marriage, life as a Chelsea Pensioner and touching the nation’s hearts with his show-winning singing in honour of his late wife, Joan,” reads the synopsis.

Trevor Davies said: “Britain’s Got Talent gave the public an idea of what Colin’s story is about, but the detail is even more extraordinary than the headlines. For instance, during the War, at the tender age of 10, he hitch-hiked back from Luton where he was evacuated to help Air Raid Wardens during the Blitz. Colin’s story is so rich. It not only shows what people of his generation had to live through but is a story of one man’s devotion to his wife and a bond that endured even after Joan’s passing.”

Colin added: “I’m thrilled to be publishing my first book. I have so many memories I’m keen to share about growing up during the War, falling in love, serving my country abroad, singing around the world, Joan’s battle with cancer and my incredible journey in later life. With winning BGT and releasing my album, this past year has been another amazing episode in what I modestly admit has been a rather eventful life.”