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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 45 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (43)
  • Engaging characters (43)
  • Well written (28)
  • Page-turner (23)
  • Deserves multiple readings (13)

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    • Gift (31)
    • Travel reading (26)
    • Older readers (15)
    • Younger readers (4)
    • Special needs (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Everyday reader (22), Bookworm (18), Casual reader (5)

    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

    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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        4.0

        Well written and easily read

        By Kosik

        from Sydney, AU

        About Me Casual Reader

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Interesting plot
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Described Characters
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about The Rosie Project:

          This is a certainly book, which is worthwhile to read. The main characters are engaging and well described and the plot is amusing and interesting.

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          4.0

          Fabulously entertaining

          By Hendo

          from Brisbane

          About Me Everyday Reader

          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Funny
          • Highly Original
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written
          • Will Pass It On

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Travel Reading

            Comments about The Rosie Project:

            I loved it. It's highly original and very engaging. An easy read that's funny. Buy it!

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            3.0

            Lots of fun

            By Jen

            from Lake Macquarie

            About Me Everyday Reader

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Light reading
              • Travel Reading

              Comments about The Rosie Project:

              A fun story, perfectly capturing the Asbergers personality in a warm and humorous way.

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              4.0

              Quirky and Funny Book

              By Mame

              from Blackheath NSW

              About Me Everyday Reader

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • A Laugh Out Loud Book
              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers

                Comments about The Rosie Project:

                I loved the book, it arrived in excellent condition and one I would definitely refer to friends and our book club.

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                5.0

                READ IT IN A DAY

                By Claire's mum

                from Perth, AU

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                Pros

                • Engaging characters
                • Had It Read In One Day
                • Page-Turner
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift

                  Comments about The Rosie Project:

                  This book was given to my daughter by me for her birthday. I chose the book because my Grandaughter's name is Rosa. My daughter did not put the book down and was disappointed when it ended. She told me to go to the library to get a copy today as I would have it read brfore she could get her copy to me. I haven't read it yet but it turned out to be a perfect gift.

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                  4.0

                  Great service for a great book

                  By Liz the librarian

                  from Sydney, NSW

                  About Me Bookworm

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Special Needs
                    • Travel Reading

                    Comments about The Rosie Project:

                    Great book gift for readers who like quirky characters!

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                    4.0

                    Interesting and a bit qwerky

                    By Cas

                    from Bunbury Western Australia

                    About Me Everyday Reader

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Read
                    • Engaging characters
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Older Readers

                      Comments about The Rosie Project:

                      Interesting story written well. the main character is qwerky but your really grow to like him and his odd ways

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                      4.0

                      Yet another autism story

                      By nancyk

                      from Broome

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Read
                      • Engaging characters

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gift
                        • Travel Reading

                        Comments about The Rosie Project:

                        A good story but a little predictable and the main character was so like The Big Bang's Sheldon that I felt like I had read this before.

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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