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The Rosie Project

1, The Rosie Project

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Winner of the Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year, 2014.

Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. 

But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him 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 also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father—a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with. 

The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren’t appropriate attire in New York. Why he’s never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you. 

The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance.

Graeme Simsion is a Melbourne-based novelist and screenwriter.
The Rosie Project was the 2014 ABIA Book of the Year and has sold over three million copies worldwide. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is also a bestseller, with worldwide sales of more than a million copies. Graeme’s screenplay for The Rosie Project is in development with Sony Pictures and The Best of Adam Sharp is in development with Toni Collette’s Vocab Films. Graeme’s latest novel is Two Steps Forward, (Oct, 2017) co-written with his wife, Anne Buist.

The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book, and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, was released in 2014 to great acclaim and also became a bestseller.

‘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

‘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

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

‘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.’ 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

‘Funny, endearing, and pure, wonderful escapism, this debut tells the story of the logical Professor Don Tillman and his unscientific search for a wife.’ Independent

‘[Don Tillman is] one of the most endearing, charming and fascinating literary characters I have met in a long time.’ The Times

From Publishers Weekly

01 July 2013 – Read-out-loud laughter begins by page two in Simsion s debut novel about a 39-year-old genetics professor with Asperger s but utterly unaware of it looking to solve his Wife Problem. Don Tillman cannot find love; episodes like the Apricot Ice Cream Disaster prevent so much as a second date with a woman. His devised solution is the Wife Project: dating only those who match his idiosyncratic standards as determined by an exacting questionnaire. His plans take a backseat when he meets Rosie, a bartender who wants him to help her determine her birth father s identity. His rigidity and myopic worldview prevents him from seeing her as a possible love interest, but he nonetheless agrees to help, even though it involves subterfuge and might jeopardize his position at the university. What follows are his utterly clueless, but more often thoroughly charming exploits in exploring his capacity for romance. Helping Tillman are his only two friends, an older, shamelessly philandering professor, and the professor s long-suffering wife, who may soon draw the line in the sand. With Asperger s growing visibility in pop culture in recent years, as on CBS s The Big Bang Theory, this novel is perfectly timed.

Customer Reviews

Insightful and fun.

I read this in an attempt to better understand a friend. It is a humorously written yet gentle book on a trait that affects many people around us. Thankfully as more people read books like this we will better understand those wonderful people around us who are 'different'

Fantastic

One of the best books I've read in a long time. We can all see elements of each of the characters in us and our friends. Highly recommended.

The Rosie Project

This was a pleasant but hardly a for filling read. The protagonist, Don, is a weird oddball who's social misgivings make for a sometimes hilarious narrative, as he bumbles from mishap to mishap in search of a wife.

However, the plot becomes tedious and dull as Don's mishaps become extremely predictable and you find that you are wanting to get a deeper insight into the makeup of the main characters such as Rosie, Gene and Claudia rather than having to rely on Don's socially flawed observations for kicks.

Having said that I'm sure it will make a great movie!

Rueben Hale

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The Rosie Project
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 30 January 2013
  • Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
  • Seller: Text Publishing
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: 1, The Rosie Project
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