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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 53 reviews)

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    (29)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (51)
  • Engaging characters (48)
  • Well written (34)
  • Page-turner (25)
  • Deserves multiple readings (17)

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    Best Uses

    • Gift (38)
    • Travel reading (31)
    • Older readers (18)
    • Younger readers (5)
    • Special needs (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Everyday reader (24), Bookworm (20), Casual reader (9)

    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

    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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      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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            4.0

            Different Strokes

            By Have a heart

            from mid North Coast NSW

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Travel Reading

              Comments about The Rosie Project:

              The Rosie Project made a great gift for a friend who works with children and young people on the autism spectrum. This book informs the readers about some behavioural aspects of autism spectrum disorders, while letting us know that difference is not necessarily a bad thing or something to be excluded. After all, people basically all have the same need for love and this story detailed how one man went about finding love.

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              4.0

              Light, quirky and entertaining

              By Joc

              from Sydney, Australia

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              Pros

              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Well Written

              Cons

              • A Bit Repetitive

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Travel Reading

              Comments about The Rosie Project:

              I found this book easy to read and very entertaining, with a very unusual storyline and just the right dose of romance and humour. When I read fiction, it's usually in 10 or 20-minute bursts - so it's important that I can easily pick up the plot from where I last left off. My only criticism is that, by the end of the book, I had actually had enough of the main character and some of his (very annoying) personality traits. Or maybe this should be seen as a compliment to the author, for doing such a great job of developing his characters.

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              4.0

              Shades of Doc Martin

              By Snoozin

              from Sydney

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers

                Comments about The Rosie Project:

                From ordering to receiving the book no problems at all and quite expedient.

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                5.0

                read this book

                By Anne

                from Melbourne

                About Me Bookworm

                Pros

                • Easy To Read
                • Engaging characters
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift

                  Comments about The Rosie Project:

                  what a great read.

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                  4.0

                  As good as it gets Aus style

                  By Al

                  from Brisbane

                  About Me Everyday Reader

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Read
                  • Engaging characters

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Older Readers
                    • Travel Reading
                    • Younger Readers

                    Comments about The Rosie Project:

                    Enjoyable romantic comedy incorporating the more seroius issues of aspergers, fidelty, friendship and father daughter issues. Immediately lent my copy out to others to enjoy and it never came back....

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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
                    Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 3.3
                    Weight (kg): 24.0
                    Edition Number: 1