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Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist

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(Published by Two Roads, hardback, 5 April 2018)

A smart and funny story of mid-life and second chances from the author of The Rosie Project and his wife Anne Buist.

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 2,000 km 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’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?

Martin’s and Zoe’s stories are told in alternating chapters by this husband-and-wife team in a novel that’s 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 about what you decide to keep, what you choose to leave behind and what you rediscover.

‘An entertaining and refreshingly unpredictable romance.’ Sydney Morning Herald

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