Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard will be chatting to the everyday heroes who feature in his new book in Oxford on Sunday.

Ben's book Humble Heroes is about the people he has met through his job in journalism and presenting breakfast news whose stories restore our faith in humanity 'with acts of everyday heroism which inspire and lift us all up'.

Blackwell's will be welcoming some of the people from the book, for a conversation chaired by him.

Afterwards there will be a book signing and a chance to meet him.

He said: "Humble Heroes is a book full of wonderful people, inspirational stories, incredibly inspiring projects that I've been able to collate.

"It’s a heartwarming read about people just doing extraordinary things in their communities, trying to make a difference to people's lives. Purely because they want to change things, not because they are interested in any sort of recognition or praise. They just like helping people.

"I’m really excited to be at Blackwell’s this Sunday. We’re going to be able to share some stories of how the book came about. And the inspiration in putting it together and how inspired I've been, which I've enjoyed doing it.

"And a couple of the heroes from the book are going to come along as well, to be able to share what it is that they've done, and the difference that they've been able to make."

Ben will be joined by Carrie Byrom and Hussain Manawer.

He explained: "Carrie has set up an extraordinary project called Stable Lives through her own experience of trauma and understanding the wonderful connection between horses and humans, and how horses can help heal humans and, and vice versa. And the power of that connection is sometimes miraculous - and very moving.

"Hussain is somebody who is a poet, who I've worked with and I've met over the years, his superpower is his use of words as use of words, to try and help people deal with grief and mental health issues.

"As someone himself who's been through some very difficult times he now champions the need for better mental health. Awareness and support through the extraordinary poetry that he liked, which it seems, is cross generational, cross cultural, thoroughly, wonderfully entertaining, and incredibly inspiring."

Ben, who as well as hosting GMB on Thursdays and Fridays alongside Susanna Reid and Kate Garraway, also hosts quiz show Tipping Point and Ninja Warrior UK with Chris Kamala and Rochelle Humes, has plenty going on between now and Christmas.

He said: "We have the preparations for Good Morning Britain plans for Christmas and the Christmas show that we're recording.

"I've got a podcast with Kammy and we are busy with the podcast recording for the run up to Christmas as well. And we're making a documentary about the battle he's having with his condition apraxia of speech.

"There is also a Christmas special of Tipping Point – it’s always fun filming the Christmas special in April or June when it’s blazing hot sunshine."

After that, Ben, who has two sons, has a big family Christmas planned.

"I'm going to be down in Cornwall with my family with some of my cousins who have been in Australia and coming back for the first time since Covid -  even before that, I think it may have been four or five years since they’ve been here so that's going to be lovely.

"It will be down the seaside. We'll be swimming in the sea on Christmas Day."

An Afternoon With Ben Shephard with Humble Heroes is at Blackwell's bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, 2pm - 4pm on Sunday December 4.



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