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The Rosie Effect Hardcover – 25 Sep 2014

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718179471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718179472
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (744 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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By Agi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2014
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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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The Rosie Effect, Brilliant

Really enjoyed the Rosie Project and waited eagerly for the sequel which didn't disappoint. Both books for me are essentially a romance and boil down to the same problems with many relationships. The way Don handles them is perhaps more unique but no less effective. I like books that are written in different styles and these were excellent but they still had humour & emotion and drew the reader into the characters world.
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I loved the first book - and pretty much hated this one. You get the feeling that the author was just trying to cash in on the success of the first book, but really hadn't through the plot of this one through. I gave up before the end. Very disappointed. I would however still recommend the first one - The Rosie Project, but not to bother with this one.
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With The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion achieved the impossible and created an entirely new kind of romantic hero. Now Don Tillman returns in the hilarious and charming sequel to the international sensation. Get ready to fall in love all over again!

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

Picking up where The Rosie Project left off, The Rosie Effect is a fun, hilarious, and poignant read. Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he'll keep you laughing like hell.
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