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The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1 (Don Tillman series) [Kindle Edition]

Graeme Simsion
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Book Description

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a story about love, life and lobster every Tuesday...



'Marvellous' John Boyne



'Original, clever and perfectly written' Jill Mansell



'Adorable' Marian Keyes



'An upbeat, quirky, impertinent gem of a read' Chris Cleave



'I'm not good at understanding what other people want.'


'Tell me something I don't know . . .'



Love isn't an exact science - but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?



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



'Hilarious, unlikely and heartbreaking' Easy Living



'Touching and laugh-out-loud funny - think The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time meets Silver Linings Playbook' Stylist



'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



'A comic triumph: clever, humane and tears-in-your-eyes funny. But best of all, The Rosie Project is a madly romantic love story' Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture



'I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the most quirky and endearing romances I've ever read. I laughed the whole way through. And now I want to meet Don' Sophie Kinsella



With the charm of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the romance of David Nicholls' One Day, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is both funny and endearing - and is set to become the paperback of 2014.



Graeme Simsion is a full-time writer. Previously an IT consultant and educator, he wrote his first book in 1994 (the standard reference on data modelling, now entering its fourth edition), and is married to Anne, a professor of psychiatry who writes erotic fiction. They have two children.


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Adorable . . . Really funny and heart-warming, a gem of a book (Marian Keyes)

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

A sweet, funny rom-com . . . You'll be willing Don and Rosie on every step of the way (Marie Claire)

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)

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)

An upbeat, quirky, impertinent gem of a read (Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand)

One of the quirkiest, most adorable novels I've come across . . . Thoughtful and fun, very different and utterly charming -- a brilliant first novel (NZ Herald on Sunday)

Original, charming and very funny (Woman & Home)

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)

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 (Australian Women's Weekly)

Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and he keeps us laughing like hell (Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook)

Genuinely funny; you'll laugh out loud (Essentials)

An endearing, funny book, a quirky love story, and a must read for 2013 (Australian Daily Telegraph)

A comic triumph: clever, humane and tears-in-your-eyes funny. But best of all, The Rosie Project is a madly romantic love story (Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture)

Good-hearted, pacy and thoroughly enjoyable (Guardian)

I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the most quirky and endearing romances I've ever read. I laughed the whole way through. And now I want to meet Don (Sophie Kinsella)

A very funny and touching love story (Sunday Express)

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)

Funny, endearing, and pure, wonderful escapism (Independent)

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)

A swift, amusing read, with Don's mixture of absolute directness and emotional incomprehension providing lots of laughs (Evening Standard)

If you like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time you'll love The Rosie Project

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The best, most honestly told love story I've read in a long time (Kristin Hannah)

About the Author

Graeme Simsion is a full-time writer. Previously an IT consultant and educator, he wrote his first book in 1994 (the standard reference on data modelling, now entering its fourth edition), and taught at four Australian universities. He is married to Anne, a professor of psychiatry who writes erotic fiction. They have two children.

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.


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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 www.therosieproject.com.au


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177 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most enjoyable book of the year 4 May 2013
Format:Hardcover
Don is lecturer in genetics at a university in University in Melbourne, Australia. He is single, on the brink of his fortieth birthday and leads a highly systemized life dominated by routines, list, structures and timetables. You can count all his friends on the fingers of one finger, unless you include, Claudia, wife of his friend Gene, lecturer in evolutionary psychology. Claudia, a psychologist herself, is Don's ad hoc therapist. The story begins with Don substituting for Gene to deliver a lecture on Asperger's to facilitate Gene latest endeavor in philandering. Gene is attempting to `collect' a woman from ever country in the world. It is clear, though not to Don, that he has much in common with the subjects of his lecture.

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.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different and funny, but over-hyped 22 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don Tillman is a genetics Professor in Melbourne, his life one that is dominated by routines and strict schedules and order; he knows that his brain works differently to most, social situations in particular are not his forte, however, the way he sees it he is governed by logic and reason as opposed to his emotions. Approaching his fortieth birthday, Don decides that he wants to get married; it being well documented that married men live longer and are happier. To this end he embarks on the wife project, for which he designs a specific questionnaire in order to efficiently select his ideal partner. Then Rosie enters his life, and all logic and reason swiftly goes out of the window!

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.
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110 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Don Tillman 8 May 2013
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Don Tillman is a professor of genetics. He narrates this story in which his main focus is to find a perfect wife.
It soon becomes apparent that Don is fairly well advanced on the aspergers scale - he struggles with social interaction, has to plan his life to the last minute, is not flexible and is well above average intelligence.
At first his thoughts are quite strange but quickly be becomes very endearing and I found myself chuckling at his analyses of his various projects. He thinks differently from most people which comes across in every thought that goes through his head.
It would be easy to ridicule him but this author manages to make Don funny without ever making him an object of fun.
Overall you get a book with a neat and tidy plot of which I think Don would approve.
Great to read something a bit different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, light-hearted and extremely funny 25 April 2015
By Terry D TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don Tillman is a Professor of Genetics - and a textbook example of someone suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Don knows there's something about him that women find unappealing; he also finds it difficult to make friends and, typical of people with OCD, has an above-average intelligence.

Everything about his life is meticulously ordered and precisely scheduled. There's even a Standardised Meal System which not only simplifies shopping but has almost zero waste and produces a planned and nutritionally balanced diet. For his new project - The Wife Project - Don needs a scientifically valid questionnaire that will filter out (amongst other undesirable groups) time wasters, vegans, smokers and religious fanatics.

Then Rosie walks into his life...

Rosie is highly intelligent, extremely attractive - and with dyed red hair. But, when it comes to meeting the requirements of The Wife Project questionnaire, Rosie is obviously an utter and complete non-starter.

As the relationship develops - as, of course, it must - The Wife Project (now almost solved) is taken over by The Father Project. Brought up by her mother Rosie is uncertain about her true biological father. To a geneticist like Don the solution is utterly straightforward: since the men in her mother's life are easily identified they simply need to obtain DNA samples (from wine glasses, toothbrushes and hairbrushes) that can be compared with Rosie's DNA...

It's extremely obvious and extremely simple - and with hilarious consequences.

Read and enjoy; it's a well-written and genuinely funny book.
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