Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist are an inspirational husband-and-wife team. Anne, herself a leading perinatal psychiatrist, brought us the Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist series and Graeme’s The Rosie Project was a hit across the globe. Both successful authors in their own right, Graeme and Anne have put pen to paper together and brought us an incredible story – Two Steps Forward.
The story revolves around two people – Martin and Zoe – both struggling to come to terms with their recent past. Looking to make a new start, each sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago, 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. But can these two very different people find each other?
Before you ask – yes, Graeme and Anne have done this walk themselves. They even re-walked the entire Camino again to add finishing touches to their novel. Talk about dedication!
“This walk is different. It forces you into this mindfulness of where you lose track of time… you never get bored. You’re just being filled with all this amazing sights and sounds and smells. I gotta say, wine and food never taste as good after a day of walking.” – Anne
“On our walk we met a lot of people… they inspired a lot of what went into the book… just because of our age, we’ve also had our own renewal.” – Anne
We had a great chat with them about the book, the trek and the inspiration that found its way into Two Steps Forward – have a listen below. Needless to say, many of us in the office are seriously considering trekking the Camino trail now! We did warn you…
Two Steps Forward
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, 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. But can these two very different people find each other?
About the Contributor
Bronwyn Eley is new to the book industry, having previously served in the Royal Australian Air Force & even spent some time as a barista until entering the exciting world of Booktopia. Books are her true passion. Bronwyn writes in her spare time, often has her face buried in a book and enjoys keeping fit (which she undoes by eating loads of chocolate) with Martial Arts and personal training. She can't answer what her favourite book is but she has a soft spot for The Host (Stephanie Meyer), Peter Pan (J.M Barrie) & Outlander (Diana Gabaldon). Fantasy, sci-fi and YA make up the majority of her bookshelves.