MAJOR Charles Ingram is working on an autobiographical account of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal that left him bankrupt, he has revealed.

The former Army major turned author made the announcement at a book signing for his latest novel, Deep Siege, at Borders in North Swindon, on Saturday.

"It's about time I gave my side of the story, " he said.

"I have had literally hundreds of people ask me the truth, and I plan to let them make up their own minds in October next year."

Mr Ingram will claim that programme makers Celador created a tape of the show, which showed wife Diana and Welsh college lecturer Tecwen Whittock coughing to indicate the correct answers.

The book, Major Injustice, will contain a dossier of information directly from the criminal case, which left him and Diana penniless.

He said: "We are doing okay. For a long time our fight was just to keep a roof over our heads. But we are doing okay now, we're comfortable and together as a family so that's the most important thing.

"The thing we all have to do now is move on."

And moving on he is, with his latest book telling the story of Peruvian freedom fighters hijacking an A380 Airbus.

The tomb of the legendary Inca, Huayna Capac, is found at Machu Picchu, the mountain top city of the Incas never discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors. Inside the tomb are treasures of unimaginable worth. MI6 operative Harry Winchester accepts a routine request to accompany a British Museum party taking the items to London for authentication, but as rumour of the treasures spreads, criminals, terrorists and even governments plot to steal it.

The 461-page paperback costs £8.99 and is available from Borders, at the North Swindon