A great read!
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?
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 an extraordinary 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.
A great read!
This book is written by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist and tells the story of the Camino walk from both a male and female perspective. It does not have the humour of Rosie's Project but it is still an interesting read and enjoyable.
On the back cover it states - wise, funny and romantic, - and it is! The chapters are short so it's easy to pick up for a quick read, and each alternating chapter is written from his or her perspective and journey. Delightful!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book .. well written, both informative and amusing, and easy to read.
Faye the bookworm
Two Steps Forward is a novel written by Australian husband and wife author team, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. When Zoe and Martin arrive in France, neither of them does so with the Camino de Santiago in mind. Engineer, Dr Martin Eden has just gone through an acrimonious divorce, giving up his home and job for a temporary teaching position in Cluny. An aspiring artist whose fledgling career was aborted by marriage and the birth of her two (now adult) daughters, Zoe Witt is a recent widow. Her husband's sudden death brought some unpleasant surprises and she's in Cluny looking up a college friend while she comes to terms with her grief and life's new realities. Somewhat uncomfortable with her friend's matchmaking efforts, and feeling the need for solitude, Zoe surprises herself with a decision to walk the Chemin from Cluny to the Spanish border. Martin's impetus is far from spiritual: after a chance encounter with a Dutch pilgrim, he is going to road-test a pilgrim cart he has designed and hopes to sell; in fact, needs to sell as he is jobless, homeless and penniless! And with a seventeen-year-old daughter about to attend university. As their paths cross and recross, American Zoe and British Martin, along with a bunch of Brazilians, Germans and other Americans, go (despite some friction and/or frisson) from strangers to a camaraderie (and occasionally, something more) that seems not uncommon with those sharing this life-changing experience. There's plenty of humour in the dialogue and the interactions between characters: miscommunications, misunderstandings and omissions of the whole truth, as well as a bit of (almost) slapstick comedy add to the enjoyment. The male and female voices are well rendered, and the story also illustrates the wide spectrum of pilgrims attracted to Camino, with their myriad of reasons for walking. Buist and Simsion give the reader a tale about a group of ordinary people with ordinary life problems who discover that often best advice
`Simsion and Buist are Camino veterans who add detail and authority to their novel.' * Adelaide Advertiser * `This book was difficult to put down until the very end.' * Big Issue * `Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist keep it in the family with their co-written novel Two Steps Forward (Text, October), a romantic comedy told in alternating chapters from the point of view of two wounded souls trekking the Spanish pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago.' * Books+Publishing * `Sometimes, you just have to feel-to go with what the Way or a book like this one makes you feel. This one made me feel uplifted. I hope it does the same for you too.' * Pop.edit.lit. * `Fans of The Rosie Project might recognise shades of Don Tillman...Compelling reading...[A] cast of entertaining and eccentric characters...The book's momentum never flags...[An] entertaining and refreshingly unpredictable romance.' * Sydney Morning Herald * `A delightful tale of renewal and shedding unnecessary burdens...This is sure to be loved by fans of The Rosie Project and it's enough to put the Camino at the top of your travel wishlist.' * Herald Sun * `There's so much to love about this novel, which is smart and funny and full of the awkwardness and adrenaline of adventure and new romance.' * Whimn * `A novel of mature love and self-discovery set against the scenic backdrop of the pilgrims' walk.' * Age * `I enjoyed every moment of this informative, funny and sweet novel.' * Readings * `The novel explores themes of forgiveness and self-discovery with gentle humour...A feel-good, mature romance that explores what we need to let go of to move forward.' * Books+Publishing *
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 2nd October 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.49