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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405912790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405912792
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,889 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. 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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By little bookworm on 22 April 2014
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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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154 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Kartowidjojo on 4 May 2013
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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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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Janie U TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Plucked Highbrow on 21 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
Don Tillman is a Professor of Psychology at an Australian University. He likes to live his life according to the routine and rules that he has fashioned - strict timing and set routines. However having researched that he would have a better life with a partner he decides to go and find one. With the help of his friends Don puts together a questionnaire designed to find him a wife but it doesn't prove successful. Then Rosie appears in his life and for some reason he decides to help her on her quest to find her biological father. Rosie is everything Don does not want in a partner.

Despite his peculiarities Don is an incredibly likeable character and, as a reader, one ends up wanting him to find love. Whilst Simsion admits that 'The curious incident of the dog in the night' was an influence this is not a copy, the plot is original and funny. This is a fantastic book that really entertains.
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