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The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1

Don Tillman, Book One

Graeme Simsion

  • awardWinner, Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year, 2014
  • awardWinner, Victorian Premier’s Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript, 2012
  • awardShortlisted, ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award, 2014
  • awardShortlisted, The Indie Awards, 2014
  • awardShortlisted, Waverton Good Read Award, United Kingdom, 2014
  • awardLonglisted, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Ireland, 2015
  • The feel-good novel of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance.

    Rights sold into more than forty countries.

    Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet.

    But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

    Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father—a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with.

    The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren’t appropriate attire in New York. Why he’s never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you.

    Take one of The Rosie Project quizzes


    ‘If you, like Don Tillman, would like to try lobster on Tuesday, click here for a great recipe from Ezard: Crayfish, Mango and Avocado Salad with Wasabi Flying Fish Roe, Soy and Bonito Dressing and Crispy Seaweed Salad.


    Watch and listen to Graeme reading from The Rosie Project at UK World Book Night, 2013.


    Independent: The 10 greatest love stories in literature 
    Shearer’s Bookshop interview
    Joan’s Pick (Whitcoulls NZ)
    The Small Picture Podcasts
    ABC Radio Perth review
    Boomerang Books profile
    The Wheeler Centre Q&A
    Radio NZ interview
    Australian Writers' Centre podcast
    BBC Radio 2 interview  
    Canberra Readers, Writers and Storytellers Festival
    Tom Ballard podcast: What’s the Story? 

    Graeme Simsion
    About the Author

    Graeme Simsion is a Melbourne-based novelist and screenwriter. The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect have combined global sales approaching five million copies. Graeme is also the author of the international bestsellers The Best of Adam Sharp and – co-written with his wife, Anne Buist – Two Steps Forward. His screenplay for The Rosie Project is...

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    Praise for Graeme Simsion
    andThe Rosie Project

    ‘It’s an extraordinarily clever, funny, and moving book about being comfortable with who you are and what you’re good at. I’m sending copies to several friends and hope to re-read it later this year. This is one of the most profound novels I’ve read in a long time.’

    ‘Funny and heartwarming, a gem of a book.’

    ‘Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell. I’d love to have a beer with the humane and hilarious Graeme Simsion’.

    The Rosie Project is 1930s screwball comedy updated for 2013. Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby, or Rosalind Russell and Grant in His Girl Friday have the exact same pitch, intelligence, wit and farce with a love story at the centre of it all. Madcap indeed, but like those films The Rosie Project underscored with writing meticulously judged…Extremely loud and incredibly long applause.’

    ‘What an endearing, funny book…a quirky love story about belonging with poignant undertones on the need for us all to be more tolerant of those with differences. A must read for 2013.’

    ‘The charm of this story is Simsion’s affectionate depiction of his strange, flawed, infuriating, logical and always amusing protagonist.’

    ‘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. In Don’s confessionals, there are echoes of Bridget Jones, writer Nick Hornby and Amelie in the French movie hit…but essentially Don Tillman is utterly and beautifully unique and, be warned, you will fall in love with him.’

    ‘One of the quirkiest, most adorable novels I’ve come across…This is a fresh, funny story, written with verve and great timing…I loved The Rosie Project. It’s an entertaining read from start to finish, thoughtful and fun, very different and utterly charming - a brilliant first novel from a mature, clever writer.’

    ‘Graeme Simsion has created perhaps the first thoroughly comic autistic hero…This good-hearted, pacy, thoroughly enjoyable novel takes a significant step towards showing that all human variants are a potential source of life‑affirming comedy.’

    ‘Imagine the literary equivalent of one of those lamps prescribed for sufferers of seasonal affective disorder—a book that found the crack in our seemingly interminable winter to let laughter and light flood in.’

    ‘[Don Tillman is] one of the most endearing, charming and fascinating literary characters I have met in a long time.’

    ‘A quietly profound exploration of the assumptions around autism and what it means to have an atypical – or a typical – brain.’

    Other editions ofThe Rosie Project
    • The Rosie Project
      ISBN: 9781921961960
      30 January 2013
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    • The Rosie Project
      ISBN: 9781922079770
      30 January 2013