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The utterly compelling and inspirational account of how two very different Australian writers tackle their demons walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the legendary medieval pilgrimage across Spain. Elizabeth Best had always wanted to go onMoreThe utterly compelling and inspirational account of how two very different Australian writers tackle their demons walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the legendary medieval pilgrimage across Spain. Elizabeth Best had always wanted to go on a pilgrimage. Colin Bowles had never given it a moments thought. But by a twist of fate the two barely acquainted writers seize the day and drop everything to retrace one of the oldest pilgrim routes in the western world, through the heart of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. It was meant to be a stroll in the sun, but theyre under-prepared and carrying way too much baggage, in every sense. So what starts out as a physical challenge - its a thousand kilometres, give or take - very quickly becomes a far greater struggle with demons theyve kept hidden in the too-hard backpack for years. Joined by grumpy monks, mad nuns and French cyclists with too much testosterone the two battle exhaustion and their pasts, fuelled by red wine and a perverse determination not to be beaten by a Spanish heat wave, the mountains or themselves. Set against a stunning background of golden wheat fields, misty mountains and tumbledown villages that havent changed in centuries, The Year We Seized the Day is utterly compelling, by turns inspiring, moving and blackly funny, as two very different writers recount with astonishing candour an extraordinary journey of a lifetime. A gripping tale of endurance laced with heartache and wry humour. -Sun Herald. Their courage and honesty in facing their demons makes this a compelling read. -Womens Day. A refreshingly honest account of a gruelling walk. The authors both endured physical pain and emotional stress but there is no self pity here, just a good travel story well told. -NZ Herald.