‘No Time Like the Future’: Michael J Fox announces new book

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Author: Saskia MairPublished: 12 March 2020

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US actor and Parkinson’s campaigner Michael J Fox shares “a moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality” in his new book set for release this November


Michael J Fox, the ‘Back to the Future’ star who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, has announced his fourth book: ‘No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality’.

Described by publisher Flatiron Books as “a moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality”, the book will deal with Fox’s optimism in the face of daily life with Parkinson’s, as well as his recent spinal cord issues that prompted a series of falls.

These challenges, Flatiron suggests, “nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and ‘get out of the lemonade business altogether’”.

Already the author of two bestselling memoirs, ‘Lucky Man’ and ‘Always Looking Up’ both of which cover living with Parkinson’s, Fox says ‘No Time Like the Future’ will share new reflections on dealing with illness, health and ageing.

“What’s exciting for me is that this new book is less memoir and more perspective,” Fox told US magazine, People, “I consider questions I believe we all have about our lives. Who am I? Where am I? Where am I going? I don’t want to give anything away, but I think I’ve figured it out.”

After his Parkinson’s diagnosis, the ‘Spin City’ actor went on to found The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000, an organisation dedicated to finding a cure for the condition.

Fans, alongside members of the Parkinson’s community, were quick to show their enthusiasm, following Fox’s Instagram and Twitter announcement on 5 March.


Sports broadcaster Dave Clark, who has Parkinson’s, shared a link to the book’s press release and applauded Fox’s fundraising:

Channel Islands politician Deputy Kevin Pamplin showed his admiration with a riff on an iconic ‘Back to the Future’ line:

Twitter user Timothy Breen, whose wife has Parkinson’s, shared his appreciation for Fox’s work:

Another Twitter user, Andrea Kobryn, said that her mother, who lives with the condition, had been inspired by Fox’s books:

The announcement came just a day after Fox excited fans by posting an Instagram snap with ‘Back to the Future’ co-star, Christopher Lloyd, as the duo reunited at a Michael J Fox Foundation poker night.

‘No Time Like the Future’ will be published on 17 November 2020. Find out more here.

Book cover credit: Flatiron Books

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