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The Rosie Result

The Rosie Result

Don Tillman, Book Three

Graeme Simsion

  • award#5, Booktopia Favourite Australian Book, 2020
  • I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began…

    Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back in Australia after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important challenge.

    Their son, Hudson, is struggling at school: he’s socially awkward and not fitting in. Don’s spent a lifetime trying to fit in—so who better to teach Hudson the skills he needs?

    The Hudson Project will require the help of friends old and new, force Don to decide how much to guide Hudson and how much to let him be himself, and raise some significant questions about his own identity.

    Meanwhile, there are multiple distractions to deal with: the Genetics Lecture Outrage, Rosie’s troubles at work, estrangement from his best friend Gene…

    And opening the world’s best cocktail bar.

    Hilarious and thought-provoking, with a brilliant cast of characters, The Rosie Result is the triumphant final instalment of the much-loved and internationally bestselling Rosie trilogy.

    The Rosie Result


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     ‘The Rosie Result is a funny, generous and thoughtful trip through finding fulfilment and living with the choices we make.’

    Graeme Simsion
    About the Author

    Graeme Simsion is the internationally bestselling author of The Rosie Project, The Rosie Effect, The Rosie Result and The Best of Adam Sharp, as well as The Novel Project, Don Tillman’s Standardized Meal System and Data Modeling Essentials. He and Anne Buist, co-authors of Two Steps Forward and Two Steps Onward, live together in Melbourne.

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    ‘Don Tillman and Rose Jarman are fiction’s most unlikely couple but Graeme Simsion’s skills with dialogue and tone make them, and their relationship, (just) believable. Hudson, too, is uncomfortably believable. Simsion has mighty intellectual confidence but behind all the steady wit, the rolling jokes, the faux innocence and the cocktail instruction, this is a thoughtful and provocative novel [with] a grand design that will have relevance in the lives of many individual readers…Accomplished novel, mission accomplished.’

    ‘[Don Tillman] has almost transcended the boundaries of fiction to become a geek icon.’

    ‘Deals with issues of nature, nurture, gender, free will and the vagaries of the human heart with a deceptively light touch.’

    ‘One of the most endearing, charming and fascinating literary characters I have met in a long time.’

    ‘The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect have sold a whopping total of five million copies. Now the Melbourne author returns with Don and Rosie back in Australia and their boy Hudson struggling to fit in at school.’

    ‘This is a busy book with a large cast of characters, new and old. As the last in the series, there are a lot of threads to tidy up; wry humour and set pieces intermingle with serious intent in The Rosie Result…It’s a pleasure to inhabit Don’s rational mindset again: “We should restrict the discussion to the facts first. Table the evidence, then consider our options. Understand the problem, explore solutions.” Indeed. Welcome back, Don.’

    ‘The comedy is still there but there’s a philosophical seriousness to this one, which brings the whole issue much closer to home. I liked it very much and I recommend it.’

    ‘A very intelligent, challenging yet profoundly funny (and profoundly serious…) study of difference.’

    ‘This third novel feels like a reunion of old friends. With Graeme Simsion’s trademark style—his witty dialogue, clever banter and simple plot lines—we are plunged once again into Don Tillman’s eccentric personality and his rather odd but endearing manner of getting things done…The book is peppered with people who actually have autism (or who are autistic: important distinction to some), or people who appear to display autistic traits, and the wider issue of tolerance and the acceptance of difference is illustrated by the characters themselves…The Rosie Result is very funny…Thought-provoking statements punctuate the story, designed to make us, the readers, think and rethink our position or views…This is a light-hearted—and big-hearted—read that nevertheless deals with some important issues.’

    ‘While heartily readable, light and uplifting, this book will leave you to ruminate over a particularly prickly question – is it best practice to give the “correct” labels to our differences, even in the very young, or do we condemn those at an incredibly vulnerable stage of life to forever be seen, and to see themselves, through the prism of disability?’

    ‘The publication and success of The Rosie Project is one of the remarkable stories of recent Australian publishing. This was added to by the publication of its sequel, The Rosie Effect, and now this final instalment, The Rosie Result…Graeme Simsion has, with the Rosie books, written the perfectly balanced trilogy. In The Rosie Project, we are engaged immediately by Don Tillman; The Rosie Effect allows us to get to know Rosie more; and in The Rosie Result we cheer for all three—Don, Rosie and Hudson—as they develop their family life…The Rosie trilogy is deserving of the accolades it has garnered and The Rosie Result is the best possible goodbye to the world of Don Tillman.’

    ‘It is an ambitious task: writing a light and engaging novel while incorporating a serious topic in an inclusive manner. But Simsion pulls it off, maintaining a strong sense of characterisation and narrative, all the while encouraging readers to question their own values.’ 

    ‘For a read that appears light on the surface, The Rosie Result contains a lot of depth, and makes one think a lot about identity, about the influence of the “school years” on future life, and about the friends that we choose. It challenges preconceptions about those who are different, and also encourages acceptance: both of others and your own identity… the strongest book in the series, and a very fitting finale.’ 

    ‘As an autistic advocate and author I loved how Graeme Simsion approached the topic of autism. It resonated with my own experience…There was lots of humour but also some deep thoughts on what it means it be autistic and indeed what it means to be human.’

    Graeme Simsion breaks open the ‘A’ word by smashing preconceived prejudices and stereotypes

    ‘It’s the third, it’s the last…it’s also, arguably, though, the most accomplished.’

    Charming, eloquent, and insightful, The Rosie Result is a triumphant conclusion to Don’s story, one that celebrates this remarkable father, husband, and friend in all his complexity and brilliance.

    ‘An engaging story full of wit and humour, yet sensitive and sad at times too.’

    ‘Very much a charmer…A fitting end to this delightful trilogy that doesn’t pull punches.’

    ‘Fans of [the previous books] will be delighted to find out what happens to everyone’s favourite maladroit, and Simsion rounds it all up with his usual mix of dry social observances and humour.’

    ‘Expect lots of laughs and plenty to ponder over.’

    ‘Don’s voice is particular—his intelligence extraordinary—and he is oblivious of how funny he is. His relationships with others are unique and excellently written…Although The Rosie Result centers on Hudson and Don, each character in it transforms in their own way… Simsion’s novel depicts autism in such unremarkable ways that its story becomes remarkable in the telling.’

    ‘Hilarity is the order of the day in this joyful read.’

    ‘Heart-warming and clever’

    ‘Graeme Simsion tackles some of the heavy issues of our day – autism, gender roles, political correctness – but his light touch makes this novel a fun and satisfying read.’

    ‘[T]his is a must-read; for everyone, it is uplifting, eye-opening and definite food for thought.’

    ‘Simsion hits just the right balance between serious literary exploration of social issues and the delightfully humorous (mis)adventures of an unusual but good-intentioned modern family…The Rosie Result, like its predecessors, is interesting and fun, and gives everyone on the normal-to-autistic spectrum something to relate to…By the time you’re done, you not only might be comforted about your own (ab)normalcy, but also feel warmer and more understanding toward other people’s weirdness—and gain the ability to laugh about it instead of condemn.’

    ‘Simsion delivers a brave attempt at asking important questions without compromising his characters’ respective journeys, nor losing his trademark mix of humour and emotion…The resolution feels earned and genuinely heartwarming. It’s fascinating to see how the portrayal of Don and his family has evolved over the years, and while Simsion’s cast of characters will be missed, he is certainly ending on a high note.’

    ‘Don is such an endearing character that far from feeling formulaic, reentering his disconcertingly familiar world is like being immersed in a warm bath. His humour, lack of guile, and the childlike delight he has so painstakingly created is delightful and although his social awkwardness gives rise to many genuinely funny moments, the laughs are never cheap or mean…The Rosie Result is every bit as good as its predecessors and although I am sad to leave Don and his family to carry on without me, I am certain that they will live happily — and functionally — ever after.’

    ‘A whimsical tale of devoted, if rather unorthodox, parenting… Fans will find this sensitive and sometimes humorous look at Don’s relationship with his son to be the ideal ending to the trilogy.’

    ‘Entertaining and thought-provoking, The Rosie Result is the emotionally raw conclusion to an endearing series, and it will surely leave readers satisfied.’

    ‘It’s not hard to see why the Rosie novels have been welcomed by the autism community…Simsion’s message of inclusiveness and embracing differences is lovely…In the end, The Rosie Result is about learning to be comfortable with who you are.’

    ‘What is normal, and who among us gets to decide what is? Or is it enough to simply be comfortable in one’s own skin? These are the heavy questions at the crux of this lighthearted book about identity and the consequences of seeing other people through the lens of labels…a fitting conclusion to a trilogy that explores the human condition in a uniquely nuanced way.’

    ‘Simsion returns to comic form seamlessly, pitting Don against his greatest challenge: parenting. Hudson is Don in miniature with a double helping of Rosie’s sass, and whether the two are butting heads or joining forces, hilarity ensues…A meditation on parenting in our times, an indictment of discrimination and a fond farewell to a one-of-a-kind character, The Rosie Result will make readers fall in love with the series all over again.’

    ‘Clever, moving and laugh out loud funny.’

    ‘Graeme Simsion’s trilogy is taking neurodivergence to an unprecedented humorous level.’

    ‘Hilarious and joyful reading.’

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    • The Rosie Result
      ISBN: 9781925774283
      5 February 2019
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