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The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1 Paperback – 2 Jan 2014
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He is now a full time writer of fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project was published in Australia by Text and Michael Joseph (Penguin) in the UK. Thirty-three other countries have bought rights - see www.therosieproject.com.au
Funny, endearing, and pure, wonderful escapism (Independent)
A sweet, funny rom-com . . . You'll be willing Don and Rosie on every step of the way (Marie Claire)
Original, charming and very funny (Woman & Home)
Touching and laugh-out-loud funny -- think The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time meets Silver Linings Playbook (Stylist)
A hilarious, unlikely romance with heartbreaking twists (Easy Living)
Don Tillman is one of the most endearing, charming and fascinating literary characters I have met in a long time (The Times)
Genuinely funny; you'll laugh out loud (Essentials)
I absolutely loved The Rosie Project -- original and clever, and perfectly written.The world is going to fall in love with Don and Rosie (Jill Mansell)
A poignant, funny novel about how you don't find love; it finds you (Glamour)
Don Tillman will exasperate, delight and immerse you in a world so original, in a story so compelling, I defy you not to read through the night. Glorious (Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife)
A very funny and touching love story (Sunday Express)
Adorable . . . Really funny and heart-warming, a gem of a book (Marian Keyes)
If you like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time you'll love The Rosie Project (Look)
Written in a superbly pitch-perfect voice, The Rosie Project had me cheering for Don on every page. I'm madly in love with this book! Trust me, you will be, too (Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and left Neglected)
The best, most honestly told love story I've read in a long time (Kristin Hannah)
Marvellous. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming (John Boyne, author of The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas)
About the Author
Graeme Simsion is a full-time writer. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was originally written as a screenplay and won the Australian Writers' Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. As a novel, it won the Australian Book Industry Association Book of the Year for 2014. In the UK, it was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and was voted the most popular title for the Spring 2014 campaign. Rights have been sold in forty-two countries and both The Rosie Project and the sequel The Rosie Effect are now bestselling novels worldwide.
Graeme lives in Australia with his wife Anne, a professor of psychiatry and published author, and their two children. His third novel will be published in September 2016.
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It has reached Don's attention that married men are happier and live longer. It is therefore logical that he should become married. To that end he formulates a state-of-the-art questionnaire and engages in some dating activities, which he sees mainly as opportunities to collect data via the questionnaire. The questionnaire proves useless and Gene acquires the completed scripts in order to make use of the geographical data they contain. At the same time, Gene sets Don up with Rosie, one of his PhD students.
Rosie is completely unsuitable, naturally, but as soon as she appears on the scene, the course of the rest of the book is clear to the readers.
THE ROSIE PROJECT is the most enjoyable read I have had for a very long time. Obviously, one can debate how good a book is, but there is no real debate about emotional response. I loved it from first to last. I laughed, I cried. I got out of bed at 3am to read more.
The voice is first person from Don's crippling matter-of-fact Aspergers point of view.Read more ›
I say that Don probably has Aspergers because it's never explicitly stated but as he narrates the book in the first person, the reader is immediately aware that he sees the world differently than the rest of us. It's kind of like having Sheldon Cooper from "The Big Bang Theory" talking to you - Don is a genius with no social skills who's unable to read facial expressions and has a highly regimented lifestyle and peculiar way of speaking.
Couple that with the opening scene where he gives a talk on Aspergers and it's highly suggested that he has it. Not knowing anyone with Aspergers, I can't tell whether he sounds convincingly like someone with it but what little I know of the condition suggests that his personality is unlikely to change as dramatically as Don's does throughout the book. It's almost like his meeting Rosie reverses the condition. I mean, he's unable to feel love - but he can? He's unable to read facial expressions or understand social conventions - but then he can?
Nevertheless I thought the first 200 pages of the book were charming.Read more ›
The Rosie Project makes for a diverting and unusual read, mainly because it is told entirely from Don's perspective and his rather unique take on the world. Don as the central character is utterly delightful, and hard not to warm to despite all his oddities. In essence he could be Sheldon Cooper's (from the Big Bang Theory) twin; and he makes for a refreshing hero.
I actually probably preferred the first part of the story, as we get to know Don and his little routines, e.g. the very efficient standardised meal system, and as he devises his questionnaire to seek out the perfect wife; however, then Rosie enters the story and it starts to drift off in another direction. There is initially some confusion between the two characters, Don assuming Rosie to be an applicant, albeit a very unsuitable one, for the wife project, when in actual fact she is seeking his advice as a genetics expert to help track down her real father.Read more ›
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Loved this book. Such a fantastic storyline and loveable characters. Bought the second book immediately after as a result.Published 22 hours ago by Nic5124
This is an unusual romantic comedy novel narrated by Don who is a lecturer at an Australian University in genetics. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Anne