Pan Macmillan to publish memoir of former US Vice President, Joe Biden.

05 October 2017


Pan Macmillan are thrilled to announce the acquisition, at auction, of former US Vice President Joe Biden’s memoir, Promise Me, Dad, to be published in November 2017.

In November 2014 the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years. But this year was different. Joe and Jill Biden’s eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. ‘Promise me, Dad,’ Beau had told his father. ‘Give me your word that no matter what happens, you’re going to be all right.’ Joe Biden gave him his word.

Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden’s extraordinary life and career. For twelve months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. This is a book written not just by the vice president, but by a father, grandfather, friend, and husband. Promise Me, Dad is a story of how family and friendships sustain us and how hope, purpose, and action can guide us through the pain of personal loss into the light of a new future.

Since leaving the White House, Vice President Biden continues his legacy of expanding opportunity for all with the creation of the Biden Foundation, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, the Biden Institute for Domestic Policy at the University of Delaware, and the Biden Cancer Initiative. He is the author of Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics and the forthcoming memoir Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.

Robin Harvie said: ‘Promise Me, Dad is a devastating memoir, not only because of the story it tells, but also for the story that it doesn't tell – what the world might have looked like with Joe Biden as President, a world defined by compassion, understanding and respect. It also reminded me Joan Didion's extraordinary The Year of Magical Thinking, and like that memoir I can see that it will be a book that I, and other readers, will return to again and again for strength and inspiration.’

For more information, please contact Dusty Miller.