The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project : Don Tillman 1

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'Marvellous' John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
'Adorable... A gem of a book' Marian Keyes

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a story about love, life and lobsters...

Meet Don Tillman.
Don is getting married.
He just doesn't know who to yet.
But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman.
One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie.
Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

Telling the story of Rosie and Don, Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project is an international phenomenon, sold in over thirty countries - and counting.

Don Tillman is a socially challenged genetics professor who's decided the time has come to find a wife. His questionnaire is intended to weed out anyone who's unsuitable. The trouble is, Don has rather high standards and doesn't really do flexible so, despite lots of takers - he looks like Gregory Peck - he's not having much success in identifying The One.
When Rosie Jarman comes to his office, Don assumes it's to apply for the Wife Project - and duly discounts her on the grounds she smokes, drinks, doesn't eat meat, and is incapable of punctuality. However, Rosie has no interest in becoming Mrs Tillman and is actually there to enlist Don's assistance in a professional capacity: to help her find her biological father.
Sometimes, though, you don't find love: love finds you...

Like The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a truly distinctive debut. 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, it's both funny and endearing - and is set to become the feel-good novel of 2013...

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

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 143 x 220 x 28mm | 442g
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0718178122
  • 9780718178123
  • 7,075

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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 * Look * The best, most honestly told love story I've read in a long time * Kristin Hannah *
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About Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion's first novel, The Rosie Project, and the sequel The Rosie Effect were both bestselling novels worldwide. The Rosie Result is the third and final Rosie installment. Graeme is also the author of the critically-acclaimed standalone novel The Best of Adam Sharp.
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498,693 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 33% (164,174)
4 43% (213,295)
3 19% (93,817)
2 4% (19,566)
1 2% (7,841)

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This book is so adorable! I barely put it down to eat. Don is a very interesting narrator, and sees the world through a very different lens. Read it!show more
by Leonie Axford
The Rosie Project is funny, frustrating and absolutely brilliant. I loved more
by Lesley Ingham
Don Tillman is a professor of genetics who realises that he's different to everyone else, but sees it as the rest of the world acting illogically rather than the problem lying with him. Relationships are a mystery so he decides to approach the issue of finding a wife in as scientific a manner as possible, by means of a detailed questionnaire to weed out the kind of women he doesn't want. However, along comes Rosie who ticks all the wrong boxes, but is somehow strangely attractive and for her own reasons just won't go away. I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in a couple of big gulps (would have been one big gulp, but sometimes work just gets in the way) and then was sorry that it was over so quickly. A couple of weeks after finishing it I'm still thinking about it from time to time and wondering what might be happening to the characters, which is always a sign of a wonderful book. I'd love to read more about Don and Rosie and would definitely buy a copy of any sequel. Don is a wonderfully drawn character who, despite giving a lecture on Asperger's syndrome doesn't see that he fits under this heading. He really sees himself as being entirely logical and as someone who approaches the world in the ideal way. However, when he comes up against others who are very different to himself the results range from touching to hilarious. I generally have an allergy to book blurbs that say "made me laugh out loud" so was determined not to, but couldn't help myself and did laugh aloud once or twice. I cringed just as often, due to Don's misunderstanding of social expectations and inability to see more than the strict meaning of words. The interaction between Don and Rosie is very well done as is that between Don and his friend Gene, who is pretty much the exact opposite of Don. In fact all the novel's characters are well-written and spring from the page as real individuals. They all influence each other, for good or bad, so are a real group and not just a collection of unconnected individuals as so often happens in fiction. I really liked that the novel portrays Don as just another person with individual quirks and doesn't see him as wrong or broken. All the others in the book have their own sometimes strange characteristics but they aren't seen as any better or more normal than Don. He will undoubtedly be compared to Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, who is probably the currently most prominent fictional character of this type, but to do so would be to diminish the author's portrayal of Don. Sheldon is portrayed one-dimensionally and inconsistently compared to Don, who is always real and always true to his own rules and view of the world. He also learns and grows as person during the course of the book (but don't want to give away the plot so won't say any more on that topic). The book gently points out that we're all broken to some extent or other, but that doesn't mean we can't find love or friendship. This makes it sound all very heavy and serious, but it's really not. The Rosie Project is a light book about big and deep issues, which will make you laugh and make you learn about yourself as well as about others. Even if it's not your usual type of book I'm sure you'll find something in it to enjoy. I loved it!show more
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