A smart, funny novel of love, self-acceptance, second chances and blisters, from the author of The Rosie Project. Two misfits walk 2,000km along the Camino to find themselves and, perhaps, each other.
'Charming and absorbing' Daily Mail
'Sleepless in Seattle meets Wild . . . A beautifully crafted tale of love, self-acceptance, and blisters' Sunday Express
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 recent past - for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce.
Looking to make a new start, each 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 for centuries. The Camino changes you, it's said. It's 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 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 spiritual. It's about the challenge of walking a long distance and of working out where you are going. And it's about what you decide to keep, what you choose to leave behind and what you rediscover along the way.
Optioned for film by Ellen deGeneres.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm
Charming and absorbing * Daily Mail *
The cast of quirky characters make this a diverting read * The Herald *
The misunderstandings, blisters and bust ups make for a charming, uplifting journey * The People *
An authentic and diverting read that will make you want to put on your walking boots and book a one-way ticket to southern France * Press Association *
A charming tale of intrepid, later-life romance ... Much like the winding pilgrimage the book's characters take, their romance charts a bumpy course. The authors unpack their protagonists' insecurities and emotional issues with great skill and sensitivity. * iBooks *
Entertaining and refreshingly unpredictable -- Frances Atkinson * Sydney Morning Herald *
Intriguing * Sunday Post (Dundee) *
A fun misadventure of misunderstandings * The New Daily *
Incredibly powerful . . . An untraditional love story, a time to reflect and some fascinating characters; I was completely caught up in the magic of this book * Chloe Douglas blog *
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