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The Rosie Effect: Don Tillman 2 (Don Tillman Series) [Kindle Edition]

Graeme Simsion
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Book Description

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life - while dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.

Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?

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Funny, endearing, and pure, wonderful escapism (Independent on The Rosie Project)

Don Tillman is one of the most endearing, charming and fascinating literary characters I have met in a long time (The Times)

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)

A poignant, funny novel about how you don't find love; it finds you (Glamour on The Rosie Project)

Warm-hearted and perfectly pitched, with profound themes that are worn lightly, this very enjoyable read promises to put Don Tillman on the comic literary map somewhere between Mr Pooter and Adrian Mole (Guardian)

An extraordinarily clever, funny, and moving book about being comfortable with who you are and what you're good at . . . This is one of the most profound novels I've read in a long time (Bill Gates on The Rosie Project)

Don Tillman (...) is a gem, an empirical laser trained on human shortcomings, especially male ones, and even more especially his own. He is also utterly charming in his lack of guile and his belief in improvability. Through him, Simsion deals with issues of nature, nurture, gender, free will and the vagaries of the human heart with a deceptively light touch . . . blissfully comic (Evening Standard)

Quirky and sweetly funny, you will want to join the Don Tillman fan club all over again (Sun on Sunday)

An intelligent piece of fun (The Times)

A wholly absorbing, vivid read that leaves you pining to be reunited with its characters every time you put it down - if you are able to (The Independent)

If you loved The Rosie Project, I don't see how you could fail to love this funny, poignant, sparkler of a novel too (Woman & Home)

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/Inception Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. As a novel, it won the 2012 Victorian Premier's award for an unpublished fiction manuscript and is now a best-selling paperback. The Rosie Effect is Graeme's second novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 795 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1405918063
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J9038CO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Graeme Simsion is a former information technology and business consultant, who specialized in data modeling, information management and consulting practices.

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

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Don Tillman caused quite a stir when he burst upon the book world last year. A little controversy, but those of us who fell, fell hard. If you're reading this thinking "Don who?", then I implore you to try 'The Rosie Project' first.

This next book from Simsion continues the adventures of Don, the socially inept, engagingly literal, eternally diverting genetics professor. Last time around, Don's project was to find himself a wife. He found Rosie. Now they're married (a daily struggle in itself for Don), and Rosie has some news to share...

This isn't a spoiler, it's been widely reported that Rosie and Don are expecting a baby. As usual, it's Don's reactions, thoughts and feelings that make what should be a fairly straightforward plot quite such an entertaining and convoluted comedy of errors.

And it's Don's comedy that makes the book (like its predecessor) shine. For Don, the fact that "pregnancy was not scheduled" is his overriding feeling about the news. Soon after, "a spreadsheet is the obvious tool... in preparing for the existence of a new human being and providing for its needs over many years." Yep, same old wonderful Dr Tillman. This is the reason I continued reading, I just love the insight into Don's unconventional mind.

I think this time around, Simsion wants to make it clearer that Don isn't actually autistic though, as hinted in the first book. Don talks outright about having tests in the past that came up negative, that he doesn't display all the standard symptoms of the condition.
"I accepted that I was wired differently from most people, or more precisely, that my wiring was towards one end of a spectrum of different human configurations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up and Moving On 25 Dec. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Don Tillman had a project - that project was to find a wife. And that project is now complete.

Trouble is Don cannot be without a project and being a husband is rather a major project and one he seems to be struggling with at times.

He is learning with his new wife Rosie, in their new life in New York that spontaneity is ok, it is good and healthy in a relationship. Too much structure and control might not be good for a relationship.

When the arrival of a combination of genetics begins to form in the shape of a baby. Don decides that he now needs to concentrate on this project and understand fully something which is beyond his comprehension - as although this is a process he can look at and analyse and take solace in development from a scientific point of view, he is not equipped to deal with emotions and feelings. Rosie has an abundance of them. It is all beyond Don's control.

Don gets himself into some sticky situations and whilst inevitably you could see what happens, it is the humour in Simison's writing which takes over and makes us understand Don and his actions.

Characters from the first novel reappear, either in person or through the medium of technology. Of course there is not many as Don's immediate circle is small but we still manage to love and hate Gene in equal measures and watch with some pained moments as Dave tries to cope with also being a father but with a very different outlook on it, than Don. The new characters that appear fit in with this circle of Don's friends which in itself is rather amusing as they seem to gravitate to Don rather than the other way round. He uses them all in his quest of the Baby Project.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Less Effective 12 April 2015
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The freshness and comedy of The Rosie Project persuaded me to give Simsion's follow up a go. I was worried that a second helping of the autistic Don and spiky, quirky Rosie might be disappointing. My worries were, sadly, well founded:

There are some unquestionably funny moments: there's a particular laugh-out-loud misunderstanding on a flight that I didn't see coming and still makes me smile. But Don's idiot-savant schtick tires quickly and I found myself increasingly concerned that I was laughing at rather than with him.

I am also tiring of Don's ability to be so fantastically skilled at anything he turns his hand to, that the folk around him instantly forgive his seeming rudeness and insensitivity. Indeed, it seems to be the catalyst for unlikely romances to blossom. I have no doubt that someone on the autistic spectrum in the real world has a much tougher time from people who do not understand their condition.

And finally the feel-good ending (you never doubted it, did you?) was too obviously contrived to have much effect. Don Simsion obviously has talent as a writer of crafted comedy, but he needs to change his cast next time around.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Don, go! 26 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Since I’ve found out that there is going to be a sequel to „The Rosie Project”, I was visiting NetGalley on daily basis with the hope that the book is finally there, up for grab. And when it finally, magically appeared there, there was no end to my joy. I know, I’m sad, but I have loved the first Rosie immensely, with all my heart, so please be understanding. I’m just a girl. And, if you ask me for a book recommendation, or my best read in 2013, I will without hesitation point you to „The Rosie Project”. And now also to „The Rosie Effect”. Those are the kind of books that everybody should read. You haven’t yet? What are you waiting for?

Just one little notice at the beginning, I personally think that before reading the second book, the first one should be read – to know why Don is like he is and how it all began.

„The Rosie Effect” is a sequel and it follows the story of Don and Rosie in New York, where they moved from Australia. Don is working at the University and Rosie is studying medicine and trying to write her PhD thesis and they both are still working at the bar and serving cocktails. But then their world turns upside down as Rosie discovers she’s pregnant. How is Don going to get accustomed to the fact that he’s going to be a father? How much is this going to shudder his daily routines and meals plans?

Oh my God. I really don’t know how to write a review for such a brilliant book. Graeme Simsion proves that the success of his first book was not a coincidence, as „The Rosie Effect” is in my opinion the same Ivy League among books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not quite up to the the first book, but still plenty to laugh and smile about
Published 19 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's hoping there's sequels and sequels to come
After loving The Rosie Project so, so much, I was almost afraid to read this sequel - they are so often a disappointment. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by V. G. Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good present
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Don Tillman!
This book will not leave you disappointed. It's funny; it's quirky and, at times, it's just plain strange. Just the kind of book I love.
Published 1 day ago by Emma McVeigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent sequel.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs Alison Griffiths
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed the second book about Rosie and Don, but felt that I wouldn't bother to read a third in the series . Read more
Published 5 days ago by Liz Mitchinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the Rosie project more
Some predictable. Enjoyed the Rosie project more.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly less plausible than book one
However, I still enjoyed the journey and felt the need to do so having laughed out loud all the way through The Rosie Project.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Hilariously funny, like the first book.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Published 6 days ago by LM
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