THE novel Two Steps Forward will be promoted at the Rochester Tavern on November 14.
Co-written by Graeme Simsion and his wife, psychiatrist and novelist Anne Buist, this feel-good novel has already gained high-profile international recognition.
Admirers include TV host Ellen DeGeneres, who has snapped up the movie rights in association with Fox Searchlight, while the publishing rights have been sold to several major international houses including in the United States and United Kingdom.
In this charming and funny story, Zoe, a recently widowed American artist, and Martin, a recently divorced British engineer both set out alone on the 2,000km Camino de Santiago from France to northern Spain hoping to make fresh starts in their lives.
Organiser Mick Baker, a fellow author, said that it is thought the Camino changes you.
‘‘Graeme and Anne have themselves walked the Camino many times and the novel is filled with a lot of detail gained from their own experiences,’’ he said.
But the books asks whether Zoe and Martin will find new versions of themselves — and is there a chance these two very different people will find each other.
Two Steps Forward is about the challenge of walking a long distance and of working out where you are going.
It has had rave reviews, including from the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘‘Stunning scenery aside, Simsion and Buist’s entertaining and refreshingly unpredictable romance captures the tedium of the Camino.
‘‘The blisters, aches and pains, having dinner at 5pm (because the thought of staying awake until 10pm to eat with locals is inconceivable), and the early morning search for brewed coffee.
‘‘They also explore the Camino’s creeping influence over the lives of their characters in ways that are ultimately life changing.’’
Both Graeme and Anne were in Rochester two years ago, promoting another book.
While there, they decided they were going to write a book about the Camino. Therefore, they wanted to return to Rochester to promote their new book.
Like two years ago, all funds raised will go to REDHS.
Collins Booksellers will also be on site with all Graeme and Anne’s books for sale, as well as Mick’s book Romance amongst the Roses.
Details for the fantastic night ahead:
■Tuesday, November 14 at 6pm
■Rochester Wine Tavern, Moore St
■Tickets are $35, which includes finger food
Contact Mick Baker on 5484 3887 to book your tickets.
Bookings are essential.