Totally captivating

from front page to last. The only trouble with this book is that it caused me sleepless nights, as I couldn’t put it down. Very well written Mr. Walker. Looking forward to the next.”

Absolutely awesome!

I thought this book was amazing considering it is based on a true story. It had me hooked from page one. Beautifully written. Well done to the author. Look forward to more of his work in the future.”

A wonderful and gripping read.

An intriguing story of very brave men, written with love for his characters, and a degree of humour to lift the spirits in the midst of traumatic happenings, with a delightful surprise at the end.”


Inspired by a true story THE STRENGTH OF WILLS follows two disparate people on an extraordinary and dangerous journey of over two-and-a-half thousand miles across war-torn Europe.


A Polish teenager, recently orphaned, crosses the path of a cantankerous man in his late sixties. In the beginning, they form a contrasting and volatile association, but as they travel together, the appalling experiences they share, side-by-side and apart, alters their existence way beyond their imaginations.

My inspiration

During my original job as car mechanic, I came to know a Polish gentleman who, due to owning an elderly Renault, was a frequent customer of the garage. I'd often visit his home to coax his car into life and after almost a year, he slowly opened up to me about his teenage life - the first part of my book is heavily based on his youth. So many terrible events made up this man's younger life. I wrote this, my debut novel, in an attempt to shed light upon some of the appalling situations through which he amazingly survived. This is how I came to know ‘Jedrek’ the teenage lead character in my book and the true inspiration for ‘The Strength of Wills’.

From car mechanic to cameraman

First published in a technical journal associated with cinematography; my writing rapidly appealed to the readers, I was commissioned to produce a series of ten articles on film lighting and camera operating. The Strength of Wills is my debut novel, self-published and released in June 2018.

Notebook and Pen

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde


© 2018  Allen Walker

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