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‘Charming and absorbing’ Daily Mail ‘Sleepless in Seattle meets Wild . . . A beautifully crafted tale of love, self-acceptance, and blisters’ Sunday Express
A smart, funny novel of second chances and reinvention from the writer of The Rosie Result – two mid-life misfits walk 2,000 km along the Camino de Santiago to find themselves and, in all probability, each and every other.
Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their up to date past – for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce.
Looking to make a new start, each and every sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino (the Way) for centuries. The Camino changes you, it’s said. It is a chance to find a new version of yourself, and a new beginning. But can these two very different people find themselves? Will they find each and every other?
In this smart, funny and romantic journey, Martin’s and Zoe’s stories are told in alternating chapters by husband-and-wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. Two Steps Forward is a novel about renewal – physical, psychological and religious. It’s about the challenge of walking a long distance and of working out where you’re going. And it’s about what you make a decision to keep, what you select to leave in the back of and what you rediscover along the way.
Optioned for film by Ellen deGeneres.