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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.

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The Rosie Project
 
4.4

(based on 58 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (54)
  • Engaging characters (52)
  • Well written (39)
  • Page-turner (27)
  • Deserves multiple readings (19)

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    Best Uses

    • Gift (42)
    • Travel reading (33)
    • Older readers (18)
    • Younger readers (5)
    • Special needs (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Everyday reader (26), Bookworm (20), Casual reader (12)

    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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    3.0

    Weekend read

    By Cath

    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 Stephen

      from Harrington Park NSW

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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 Granny

        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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        4.0

        A very creative, amusing read.

        By Poppy

        from Hobart

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about The Rosie Project:

          I read this book in 2 days then ordered 3 copies for Xmas gifts.

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          4.0

          Cleverly written

          By Robob

          from Waikerie, SA

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          Pros

          • Engaging characters
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift

            Comments about The Rosie Project:

            I really enjoyed this book - I found it to be well written with warmth and humor. It's not your average romantic story but I loved it -possibly because of that same reason. Definitely worth a second read!

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            5.0

            Quirky, funny story

            By Anne

            from NSW

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Different
            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Older Readers
              • Suits All Readers
              • Younger Readers

              Comments about The Rosie Project:

              Would be a fantastic book for a book club discussion. Characters are beautiful!

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              4.0

              Witty

              By Gaz

              from Adelaide

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Informative
              • Well Written

              Cons

              • Not What I Expected

              Best Uses

              • Gift

              Comments about The Rosie Project:

              Concerns that run through "The Rosie Project" range over obsesssive/compulsive disorders, aspects of autism, Asperger's syndrome, bi-polar disorder, depression, establishing identity in peer groups & families. What might be called a book for the times! But "The Rosie Project" is not stolid or dull - it's an intelligent, generous and funny novel that is surprising and satirical.
              Fortunately, Simsion does not try to teach any lessons. If ideas strike us while we read Don's unusual story...well, that's good. There are plenty of possibilities, even occasional hints. It's the sort of novel that I will enjoy reading again. Basically, our lives are a contest between reason and emotion, or is it nature and nurture?

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              4.0

              Fun, lighthearted and easy read

              By indie

              from Melbourne, AU

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Read

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel Reading

                Comments about The Rosie Project:

                Fun and easy book. Only con was that the story/writing felt a bit rushed, but great story nonetheless.

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                4.0

                The Rosie Project

                By jc herself

                from Sydney

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Read
                • Good Clean Fun
                • Page-Turner

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Travel Reading

                  Comments about The Rosie Project:

                  a good book - i sent it to a newer Australian … for a glld clean laugh

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                  5.0

                  Absolutely loved it

                  By CH

                  from Melbourne, AU

                  About Me Everyday Reader

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Light reading
                    • Older Readers
                    • Travel Reading

                    Comments about The Rosie Project:

                    A really enjoyable read, with many laughs along the way.

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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

                    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