"For every beginning, there is an end . . " It is a harsh lesson but one gracefully learned by the heroine of Tricia Walker's first novel.
Benedict's Brother details the story of a young woman fulfilling her uncle's wishes to scatter his ashes at the Bridge on the River Kwai.
The unlikely trip becomes a poignant journey of self-discovery and realisation after she leaves her Yorkshire home and travels to the other side of the world, visiting her long-lost brother, a Buddhist monk living at a remote forest monastery in Thailand.
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Loosely based on her own experiences, the novel was eight years in the making and found international approval when excerpts were published in instalments on a blog in 2006.
Tricia Walker lives in York with her young son, where she is currently working on a second book.
She has been able to draw on the inspiration of family members for her writing - her father is Nicholas Rhea, writer and author of the Constable stories, on which the television series Heartbeat is based. Her sister runs a publishing company in York.
Benedict's Brother is published by Coppice Publishing, ISBN 978 0 9555199 0 1, and costs 7.99. It was launched at Borders in York on May 3, 2007.
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