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‘Fifty Paces Forward!’ is Colin’s first foray into fiction. It’s a ‘rom-com’ with elements of farce, set in the 1960s, when he started his rambling career on the great ramblers’ excursions out of London. They attracted hundreds of ramblers (and occasionally more than a thousand) on special trains into the surrounding countryside, with the result that some leaders had more than a hundred in their party. This was too much for some, and occasionally a leader would break away to organise their own less crowded excursions.

The story revolves around the extraordinary, fictional adventures of one such breakaway group, with a budding triangular romance at its heart. The demure and sensible Rosalyn is in love with her neighbour, Eddie, but he is still grieving for his late wife, Stephanie, the victim of a road accident. To help him recover, Rosalyn persuades Eddie to join her on the breakaway ramblers’ excursions. However, sadly for her, another young woman, the skittish and voluptuous Tsubrina (the object of attention for many of the male ramblers) also falls for him. But Eddie can’t get Stephanie out of his mind, and is impervious to the attentions of both women and several others. And there’s a twist at the end…

Those of a nervous disposition should note that the story includes death, violence, nudity, occasional mild swearing and references to sex and alcohol. However, there’s no smoking, no gambling and no drug-taking – sorry!

The title comes from a traditional command to gentlemen ramblers ramblers to walk ahead and allow the ladies to relieve themselves in the bushes, without being disturbed by a person or persons of the opposite gender.

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