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The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

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Booktopia Buzz Editor Caroline Baum: When rights to a debut novel are sold in more than thirty countries, you know a book is generating serious buzz. I am glad to say that this feel-good debut delivers what the hype promises. It's as light as perfectly baked scone, narrowly avoiding saccharine pitfalls, achieving just the right combo of airiness and substance for the perfect rom-com recipe.

From the moment we meet Don Tillman, professor of genetics, it's clear we've got a special case on our hands. He's got that awkward slightly aspergers-ish personality that has become so popular with writers of late. Think of him as the grown up version of the boy in Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Boy in the Night Time. His very set habits include eating lobster on Tuesdays and wearing daggy quick dry clothes to save time.

Don's problem (he tells us in his matter of fact deadpan, literal tone) is that he has never been on a second date. With his mathematical brain, he devises a scientifically researched questionnaire to find the perfect partner. Smokers, drinkers and latecomers need not apply.

Except that Rosie is all of these things and more. So how to explain the attraction he feels for a woman who ticks none of the right boxes but presents Don with a compelling scientific quest of her own to find her biological father that presents him with thrillingly unpredictable scenarios?

Irresistibly charming, genuinely funny and cleverly plotted this is intelligent romance for grown ups whose arteries have not hardened with cynicism.

Book Description

The feel-good hit of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance. Simsion's book has been sold to 30 different countries and advances have well exceeded $1 million.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. Then a chance encounter gives him an idea. He will design a questionnaire—a sixteen-page, scientifically researched document—to find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is strangely beguiling, fiery and intelligent. And she is also on a quest of her own. She’s looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might just be able to help her with—even if he does wear quick-dry clothes and eat lobster every single Tuesday night.

About the Author

Graeme Simsion was born in 1956. He is an IT consultant and data analyst with an international reputation. He has taught at four Australian universities and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne University. He is a founder of Pinot Now, a wine importer and distributor, and is married to Anne, a professor of psychiatry who writes erotic fiction. They have two children.

In 2007, Graeme completed his PhD in information systems and enrolled in the professional screenwriting course at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has made a number of short films and his screenplay, The Rosie Project, won the Australian Writers Guild / Inception Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. While waiting for The Rosie Project to be produced, he turned it into a novel which in June 2012 won the Victorian Premier’s award for an unpublished fiction manuscript.

Readers of The Rosie Project will know that Graeme Simsion has a first-class sense of humour. At professional conferences he has given addresses from on top of a ladder, dressed as a duck, and he once engaged a group of spellbound chartered accountants in community singing.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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The Rosie Project
 
4.4

(based on 65 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (61)
  • Engaging characters (59)
  • Well written (44)
  • Page-turner (33)
  • Deserves multiple readings (22)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Gift (44)
  • Travel reading (35)
  • Older readers (18)
  • Special needs (5)
  • Younger readers (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Everyday reader (28), Bookworm (22), Casual reader (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I loved this book

This story made me laugh and cry, a very humorous book touching on different aspects of human perceptions and relationships... Loved it!

This story made me laugh and cry, a very humorous book touching on different aspects of human perceptions and relationships... Loved it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Interesting

This was a strange experience, rather like reading Sheldon Cooper finds a wife. A Rom-com about a guy with Aspergers that is initially a little hard to engage with. It's relatively simple but...Read complete review

This was a strange experience, rather like reading Sheldon Cooper finds a wife. A Rom-com about a guy with Aspergers that is initially a little hard to engage with. It's relatively simple but quite sweet and easy to read. Satisfying, if slight, and a little different. Worth a look.

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5.0

A very funny read

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from Canberra

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Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about The Rosie Project:

      A terrific book, as soon as I had finished it I was looking for the next one.

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      4.0

      Leaves you with a smile on your face

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      from Sydney

      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about The Rosie Project:

          I could just picture Don in his literal ASD world where language, facial expressions etc were a daily challenge for someone who couldn't read them in other people. Lovely to read a book about a character like him and the obstacles he needed to overcome in order to lead a "normal" life. A nice quick and easy read to leave you with a smile on your face.

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          5.0

          Wonderfully funny!

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          from Melbourne, Au

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Travel Reading

            Comments about The Rosie Project:

            This was suprisingly full of humor and a real page turner. Just loved it!!

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            5.0

            Loved it

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            from Melbourne

            About Me Bookworm

            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Page-Turner
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about The Rosie Project:

                Very humorous and engaging read.

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                4.0

                captured by interview with author and subject matter.

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                from Portland Vic

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                Pros

                • Easy To Read
                • Engaging characters
                • Page-Turner

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Special Needs

                  Comments about The Rosie Project:

                  Would recommend to people working in special needs to read it?
                  Light heart-ted and funny.
                  I thoroughly enjoyed the read
                  Looking forward to the sequel

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                  5.0

                  Such a good book!

                  By 

                  from QLD

                  About Me Casual Reader

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Read
                  • Engaging characters
                  • Page-Turner

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about The Rosie Project:

                      This is a well known book which was so worth it, I went out and bought the Rosie Effect!

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                      5.0

                      Loved it!

                      By 

                      from Keiraville NSW

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                      Pros

                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Easy To Read
                      • Engaging characters
                      • Informative
                      • Page-Turner
                      • Well Written

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gift
                        • Travel Reading

                        Comments about The Rosie Project:

                        Wonderful book, I've bought three now two as gifts the other's for myself and future re-reads!

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                        3.0

                        Weekend read

                        By 

                        from melbourne

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Read
                        • Engaging characters
                        • Well Written

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Gift

                          Comments about The Rosie Project:

                          This was a great read for a weekend or holiday - it was engaging but unlike a who done it etc it was not 'grim' very enjoyable and easy to read

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                          5.0

                          Couldn't put it down!

                          By 

                          from Harrington Park NSW

                          About Me Casual Reader

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                          Pros

                          • Deserves Multiple Readings
                          • Easy To Read
                          • Engaging characters
                          • Informative
                          • Page-Turner
                          • Well Written

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • All readers
                            • Gift
                            • Travel Reading

                            Comments about The Rosie Project:

                            The best book I have read in quite a long time. I couldn't put this book down. Finished in 2 days. Absorbing, funny, fantastic characterisations.

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                            5.0

                            Insightful

                            By 

                            from Adelaide,Aus

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Read
                            • Engaging characters
                            • Informative
                            • Well Written

                            Cons

                            • Not What I Expected

                            Best Uses

                            • Reference
                            • Special Needs

                            Comments about The Rosie Project:

                            It was a great way to learn about the real life problems of Asbergers Syndrome

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                            'It's an extraordinarily clever, funny, and moving book about being comfortable with who you are and what you're good at. I'm sending copies to several friends and hope to re-read it later this year. This is one of the most profound novels I've read in a long time.' -- Bill Gates 'Funny and heartwarming, a gem of a book.' -- Marian Keyes 'Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell. I'd love to have a beer with the humane and hilarious Graeme Simsion'. -- Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Lining Playbook 'The Rosie Project is 1930s screwball comedy updated for 2013. Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby, or Rosalind Russell and Grant in His Girl Friday have the exact same pitch, intelligence, wit and farce with a love story at the centre of it all. Madcap indeed, but like those films The Rosie Project underscored with writing meticulously judged...Extremely loud and incredibly long applause.' Age/SMH/Canberra Times/Brisbane Times 'What an endearing, funny book...a quirky love story about belonging with poignant undertones on the need for us all to be more tolerant of those with differences. A must read for 2013.' Courier Mail/Daily Telegraph 'The charm of this story is Simsion's affectionate depiction of his strange, flawed, infuriating, logical and always amusing protagonist.' Weekend Australian 'Laugh-out loud funny, poignant and so ingenious and compelling you feel as if you want to jump into the world of the novel and join in. In Don's confessionals, there are echoes of Bridget Jones, writer Nick Hornby and Amelie in the French movie hit...but essentially Don Tillman is utterly and beautifully unique and, be warned, you will fall in love with him.' Australian Women's Weekly 'One of the quirkiest, most adorable novels I've come across...This is a fresh, funny story, written with verve and great timing...I loved The Rosie Project. It's an entertaining read from start to finish, thoughtful and fun, very different and utterly charming - a brilliant first novel from a mature, clever writer.' NZ Herald on Sunday 'Graeme Simsion has created perhaps the first thoroughly comic autistic hero...This good-hearted, pacy, thoroughly enjoyable novel takes a significant step towards showing that all human variants are a potential source of life-affirming comedy.' Guardian 'Imagine the literary equivalent of one of those lamps prescribed for sufferers of seasonal affective disorder-a book that found the crack in our seemingly interminable winter to let laughter and light flood in.' Sunday Times UK '[Don Tillman is] one of the most endearing, charming and fascinating literary characters I have met in a long time.' The Times

                            Graeme Simsion

                            Graeme Simsion worked as a computer operator, programmer and database specialist before founding a consulting business in 1982. By the time he sold Simsion Bowles & Associates in 1999, it had grown to some seventy staff in three cities. Graeme had built an international reputation in data management and written the standard text on data modelling. Until the success of The Rosie Project enabled him to concentrate on his writing, he continued to deliver seminars around the world.

                            Graeme is a founder of Pinot Now, a wine importer and distributor and Roy’s Antiques in Melbourne. He recently resigned from his position as a Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne University. He is married to Anne, a professor of psychiatry who writes erotic fiction. They have two children.

                            In 2007, Graeme completed his PhD in information systems and enrolled in the professional screenwriting course at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has made a number of short films and his screenplay, The Rosie Project, won the Australian Writers Guild / Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. While waiting for The Rosie Project to be produced, he turned it into a novel which in June 2012 won the Victorian Premier’s award for an unpublished fiction manuscript.

                            Readers of The Rosie Project will know that Graeme Simsion has a first-class sense of humour. At professional conferences he has given addresses from on top of a ladder, dressed as a duck, and he once engaged a group of spellbound chartered accountants in community singing.

                            Graeme Simsion won second prize in the 2013 Age short-story award for his account of a runner’s shattering experience in a marathon.

                            Visit Graeme Simsion's Booktopia Author Page


                            ISBN: 9781922079770
                            ISBN-10: 1922079774
                            Audience: General
                            Format: Paperback
                            Language: English
                            Number Of Pages: 304
                            Published: 30th January 2013
                            Country of Publication: AU
                            Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 3.3
                            Weight (kg): 24.0
                            Edition Number: 1