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    • Publication date:10 Jan 2019
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Two Steps Forward

from the author of The Rosie Project

By Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist
Read by Penelope Rawlins and Simon Slater

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A smart and funny story from the author of The Rosie Project - two misfits walk 2,000 km along the the Camino to find themselves and, perhaps, each other. A novel of second chances and reinvention from Graeme Simsion, and his wife Anne Buist. Optioned for film.

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 (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?

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 by Fox Searchlight for Ellen DeGeneres to produce through A Very Good Production

Biographical Notes

Graeme Simsion (Author)
Graeme Simsion is the internationally bestselling author of The Rosie Project, The Rosie Effect and The Best of Adam Sharp.

graemesimsion.com
facebook.com/GraemeSimsionAuthor
@GraemeSimsion

Anne Buist (Author)
Anne Buist is chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and author of the psychological thrillers, Medea's Curse, Dangerous to Know and This I Would Kill For.

annebuist.com
facebook.com/anneebuist
@anneebuist

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  • Publication date: 05 Apr 2018
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Sleepless in Seattle meets Wild as missed opportunities and misunderstandings keep the pair from getting together and a raucous supporting cast of fellow walkers keep the fun bubbling. A beautifully crafted tale of love, self-acceptance and blisters. — Sunday Express
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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