Mike Curry Appeal Director
In January 2019 Tricia Walker the Author of Benedict’s Brother sadly passed away, in her memory I have endeavoured to continue her wishes to support military charities, we have recently completed her pledge to SSAFA and finally the remainder of the special edition of the book will help raise funds for the Charity Combat Stress;
This is a non profit appeal run on a voluntary basis, therefore any support or help is most welcome
As a former veteran I to have experienced the stresses of combat and recognise that there is help out there for those who are in a dark place at this time.
Benedicts Brother The Book
Benedict’s Brother, by Tricia Walker, The book tells the story of a young woman, Benedict, who is asked by her Uncle, a former Japanese prisoner- of- war to scatter his ashes from the bridge on the river Kwai in Thailand, she has no idea why. The novel became the biggest best selling debut launch of an unknown author in the borders UK bookstores that year, and sold its first print run in six month it was selected as the top 3 book of the year in Publishing News, alongside Ian McEwen’s On Chesil Beach and that years Costa Book award winner What was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn
Tricia had inherited her father’s talent for writing, Peter Walker who wrote under the pen name Nicholas Rhea, wrote hundreds of books his constable series of books inspired the long running, The Yorkshire Television production Heartbeat.
The print edition of this book is only available through this website.
£7 inc p&p
If buying outside the UK please add £2 to your order
30% of each book sold goes to Combat Stress.
Some of the reviews
…“A wonderful and evocative story, that will be visually stunning on the screen. The images of Thailand, of the monastery and the monks are the perfect visual backdrop on which to play out the spiritual adventure that Benedict undertakes. The parallel narrative told via Benedict’s uncle’s diary entries during his time as a prisoner of war will provide a visceral and moving juxtaposition to Benedict’s story.”
Norma Heyman, Academy Award-Winning Film Producer
“An extraordinary book, beautifully written and heartbreaking, felt that I was taking the journey with the writer, smelling the flowers and listening to the river flowing, and sobbed my heart out at the brutality and inhuman treatment of all the prisoners of war. Would urge everyone to take some quality time and quietly read this, it helps to heal some of the scars left behind by the loss of the forgotten ones. Importantly their legacy is now in the hands of their children and the Hut and Garden at the National Arboretum is a reflective and inspirational place to visit.”
Sally Lucas, New York, FEPOW relative…( Far East Prisoners of War)
“Just read it – Once you start reading you will simply want to keep on turning the pages until you reach the end. You will be drawn into taking the journey with the characters which you will find challenging compelling and emotional but a journey none the less worth taking. It is a beautifully written story by Tricia Walker that will pull at the heart, but enrich your own journey through life if you let it.”
“Beauty and fresh experience is all around – Benedict is captivated by the place, the local people, by the monastery’s daily rituals, and by her brother’s friends. As a foreigner in a strange land she is a young woman we can all identify with – struggling to make sense of everything. There is humour even in her frustrations, and her journey reveals some surprising and unexpected contrasts – not least when she visits the River Kwai”.
Excerpts from Uncle Erno’s fragile wartime diary reveal the depths of cruelty imposed during the building of the railway, and yet Benedict’s experience there is one of the most moving parts of the book.
A beautiful, moving story which draws parallels between past and present – and best of all, has love and understanding at the end of it.
“If you’ve ever been lucky enough to go to Kanchanaburi, in Western Thailand, this book will resonate. And if you haven’t been there, it will make you want to. What kind of stress did these people come home with?”
Mike Curry Director Benedicts Appeal
Is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The work we do is life-changing and often life-saving. No one else does what we do.
Our unique services
We offer a range of treatment services in the community, at our specialist centres, on the phone and online, and we develop a personalised programme for each veteran’s individual needs. Combat Stress provides the UK’s only residential treatment for veterans with trauma-related mental health problems. Highly trained staff have specialist knowledge of veteran trauma. Our unique combination of psychological and psychiatric treatment and occupational therapy benefits the most unwell veterans,
Our treatment is evidence based: our research study work with the King’s Centre for Military Health Research evaluates and demonstrates the effectiveness of our services. Nationwide, we have a unique peer support service, which is led by veterans for veterans.
Demand from veterans is growing
Since 1919 we have provided support to veterans from every Service and every conflict. We also support reservists and those from the Merchant Navy. On average, after leaving Service, it takes a veteran 12 years to ask for our help. Demand for our services has nearly doubled in the past ten years.
Your donations help our veterans
We’re dependent on donations for 90% of our income. For every £1 donated to Combat Stress, 81p is spent on vital treatment, care and support. Your donation will empower veterans, rebuild families and save lives.
Our vision is for all former servicemen and women with mental health problems to live full and meaningful lives.
Our mission is to provide support and treatment to veterans with mental health problems to help them tackle the past and take on the future.
Together: We are united in purpose, collaborative in action.
Focused: We’re clear about what we will and won’t do to deliver the best outcomes.
Bold: We’ll do and say what we must to achieve our organisation’s vision.
Personal: We respect diversity and appreciate everyone’s individual needs and talents.
We are extremely grateful for the support given through the sales of Tricia Walkers Book Benedict’s Brother
COMBAT STRESS (Charity Registration Number England & Wales 206002,
Scotland SCO38828, Company Number 256353) whose registered office is at
Tyrwhitt House, Oaklawn Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0BX (“the Charity”)
Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline is on hand to provide confidential mental health advice to all former military personnel as well as their families and carers. Call 0800 138 1619, text 07537 404 719 (standard charges may apply for texts), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are a nation that remembers, you might say we are the best at it,
We are rich in history of every kind, created by Explorers, Scientist, Authors, and Poets, but our history of warfare is by far the most remembered and commemorated.
The history books record in their thousands the great military and naval battles making them the film makers paradise..Yet some are best left with memories they rather not have!
A vast majority of them never really know what the problem is, many do, but rather not talk about it, and others fall of the radar and become lost to us, and sadly some find it impossible to live with them.
I was inspired to become involved with this important appeal after I was given a copy of the book; It is so different to any other book of this period of our military history. It is incredibly poignant. I was astounded by how different it is and I’ve now read it twice. I urge everyone to read it and I thoroughly recommend it to all ages, especially schools. You won’t be able to put it down and I can’t wait to see the film. This is for my father and all the Uncle Erno’s, and my former comrades but in especially their families who suffer with them
“Above all thank you Tricia for bringing this story into our lives..”
My Grateful thanks to;
HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
HRH Prince Harry for their kind good wishes for the Appeal’s success
The support of:
Prime Minister’s Office The Cabinet Office;
The Ministry of Defence;
Air Commodore Nigel Beet, CEO of the Victory Services Club London
The Royal Hospital Chelsea; for our two “escorts”
The Soldiers Sailors and Air force Families Association (SSAFA);
The Royal British Legion;
The Imperial War Museum;
The Tank Museum
CPI UK for their donation and continued help towards this appeal;
The Cadland’s Estate Hampshire
The Big Ideas Collective;
Artema Ltd, Accountants of Ringwood for their ongoing support
Foyle’s Flagship London Bookstore, for its generous support.
Particularly grateful for the kind support and help of Hampshire Freemasons
Tricia’s proudest achievement was the publication of her incredibly moving novel, Benedict’s Brother, and the progress she and her team had made to turn it into in a major film. TO THE RIVER is currently being developed into a feature film, based on Tricia Walker’s Bestselling novel Benedict’s Brother to be directed by Kate Saxon (Silent Witness, Call The Midwife) from a screenplay by Natalie Malla and produced by Stephanie Moon and Deborah Sheppard of TTR Films Ltd.
Stories, people, places
“These are all part of the fabric of my life, of all our lives. My aim as a writer is to produce the most beautiful stories that I have in me and to present them to you. It is important to me that your experience of my work is as beautiful as I can possibly make it.
That work never stops.
Thank you for visiting the appeal website and for the many of you who support its aims by buying my book.
Tricia was aware why her Uncle Erno suffered but how he lived with his stress was never really revealed, but on behalf of all of those men and women who have served our country, especially those who suffered in war and still do, and their families who sometimes have to bear even greater suffering. She dedicated this Book and hoped it helps to fund the work of Combat Stress.
Should you wish to support this appeal in any other way or for media enquires
Contact Mike Curry Benedictsappeal@btinternet.com
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