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Publisher's Summary

A romantic comedy from Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, and his wife Anne Buist.

Two misfits walk 2000 km along the pilgrims' way in Spain to find themselves and, perhaps, each other.

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 2000 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 an audiobook 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.

Soon to be a film produced by Ellen DeGeneres.

©2018 Graeme Simsion, 2018 Anne Buist (P)2018 John Murray Press

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  • jacqui
  • 07-28-18

A Very Enjoyable Read

This was a long shot for me as I was not sure it would be enjoyable. However, I was wrong. The characters were engaging from the beginning and the story of the Chemin and Camino were interesting and informing. Good narration and an all round good listen. Worth a shot.

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  • Barbara
  • 07-24-18

A good listen

An optimistic but not clichéd narrative. It did seem overlong. Zoe and Martin had an excess of extreme misunderstandings. The last few chapters were the best so don't give up! It's no match for "Rosie" but worth listening to.
The male narration was better than the female, probably because it didn't include embarrassing accents.

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  • Creative Butterfly
  • 07-09-18

Listening to this was like being on The Chemin

I wanted to like this book and gave it more chance than others because of my love of the Rosie project, but I found it slow and laborious.

So the story is about 2 characters doing The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is a centuries-old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago de Compostela. They both have their own demons and that's why they are doing the walk. They meet some interesting characters on the way and work out why they are walking.

As they were not giving up their walk, I wasn't going to give up the book but it was sure was a struggle.

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  • Amanda Bowden
  • 06-12-18

imspiring

i enjoyed the rosie project but simsion excells here. i laughed and cried - a true test of a good book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-18

great story

Really enjoyable story. Great to hear from the male and female perspective. Loved walking with them in my imagination.

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  • Marianne
  • 04-27-18

Loved the story

The story was great and so was the narration. On both counts I liked the dual voices. I found the American attempt at the English accent slightly off putting, but on the whole I really liked this audio book.

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  • Sally Winkle
  • 04-22-18

Brilliant...couldn’t stop listening!

Great narration by main characters and loved the accents of the others.
It gave a picture of life on the trail and what it would be like to be there.
Really love to walk it myself after listening to this book.

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  • Janet
  • 04-15-18

The Way<br />

Fun, friendship and commitment on a life journey - touching, funny, blisters and all. 😊