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Graeme Simsion
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Book Description

2 Jan 2014

*The sequel to The Rosie Project - The Rosie Effect - is coming in September 2014*

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405912790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405912792
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8 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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131 of 136 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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6 of 6 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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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Don Tillman 8 May 2013
By Janie U TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I was around two pages in when I realised I was falling in love with the main character. Not many books make you feel from the first chapter that you never want the book to end; that the journey you're starting with a character is going to be a complete joy. By page three, I was already casting the film roles in my head.

I've read several books very recently with highly intelligent but socially awkward male narrators. This is definitely a class above. Don is a fully-formed, routine-driven, social misfit. He's frustrating, maddening but completely adorable.

Don may be the awkward (genetics) Professor but he is also lonely, and so he designs a 'foolproof' questionnaire to weed out unsuitable women as part of his Wife Project. No woman who doesn't fit the criteria can be considered. You may think you know where this is going...

His search for a perfect partner is at the core of the book. It's a search that brings a smile to the reader's face as Don faces situations in which his literal self struggles with social conventions, and often causes titters, sniggers and beaming smiles at his reactions, and those of people around him. There are some wonderful set-pieces; the dancing scene at the start hard to beat.

It's important to stretch yourself sometimes with a challenging book and it's just as important to wallow in a warm-hearted and comic story.

This is begging for a Hollywood adaptation. Just cast it right, please, producers!

Such a fabulous read. One of the very few I may put on the 'to read again' list. High praise indeed...
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I loved the first half or two-thirds of the book. It was quirky and Don had you cringing and laughing many many times. Read more
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This had me laughing out loud and I wanted everyone else to enjoy it too. Another great holiday read. I am sure we have all met men like Don who like ridged, scheduled lives. Read more
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I enjoyed the book on the whole, thankfully it was one of those books that I got into very quickly after the first couple of pages, a good story, funny in parts but sadly flagged... Read more
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