- “An exquisite book that is both poignant and real in its exploration of suffering, forgiveness, and death. The juxtaposition of the past with the present ensures the reader is held throughout and the evocative sense of place is so well executed. Highly recommended.”
Amanda Waring, Dignity Campaigner, Actress
- “A touching novel about a woman journeying to scatter her uncle’s ashes. For the service a line of Buddhist monks fans out across the famous bridge, like a saffron –robed sunset. One of my favourite books.”
Roger Tagholm, Journalist
After initial rejection by publishers, in August 2006 Tricia released blog installments of her 8-year-old manuscript ‘Benedict’s Brother’. Fast acquiring a loyal following ‘Benedict’s Brother’ was then released as a paperback with Coppice Publishing.
“I wrote ‘Benedict’s Brother’ in my mid-thirties. It’s 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 selling debut launch of an unknown author in Borders UK bookstores that year and sold out its first print run in 6 months. It was then selected as a Top 3 Book of the Year in Publishing News alongside Ian McEwan’s ‘On Chesil Beach’ and that year’s Costa Book award winner, ‘What Was Lost’ by Catherine O’Flynn.
A feature film is now in development based upon the book of ‘Benedict’s Brother’; Script Consultant, Tricia is also currently writing the sequel.
From book to film: read more about ‘Benedict’s Brother’ and Tricia’s journey on the ‘Benedict’s Brother’ film blog.
“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 many like him, but also for all those who wear The Burma Star and those who never made it back. Although they were told not to talk about it, the time has come now for our children to “Beat the Drum” because they are the pilgrims who will make sure that the term “Forgotten Army” is banished from our history books.
Beat the drum, buy the book!”
Mike Curry, Former Soldier