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The Rosie Project
The feel-good novel of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance.
Rights sold into more than thirty 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.
'Funny and heartwarming, a gem of a book.' Marian Keyes
'Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvellous novel, The Rosie Project is a serious reflection on our need for companionship and identity. 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
'I absolutely loved The Rosie Project - original and clever, and perfectly written. The world is going to fall in love with Don and Rosie and I can't wait for that to happen.' Jill Mansell, author of To the Moon and Back
'Graeme Simsion has created an unforgettable and charming character unique in fiction. Don Tillman is on a quirky, often hilarious, always sincere quest to logically discover what is ultimately illogical - love. 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, bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected
'The Rosie Project is 1930s screwball comedy updated for 2013. Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby, or Rosalind Russell and Grat 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. Simsion is in his 50s and it is astonishing that this is his first novel, although he has said he worked on it for years. It shows. This is hand-polished writing. The novel has already been sold internationally into more than 30 countries, a success before it was published here. Extremely loud and incredibly long applause.' Age/SMH/Canberra Times/Brisbane Times
'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' Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook
'Charming and delightful, The Rosie Project kept me riveted long into the night. I was so enamoured of it that I read it in a single, marathon sitting.' Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road
'...the overall effect of The Rosie Project will be, if anything, to increase genuine understanding of Aspergers (or, as it will soon be called, the autistic spectrum) and to refute some common myths. It's great fun, too.' Jo Case, Australian Book Review
'One of the quirkiest, most adorable novels I've come across...Don Tillman is such a fantastic, lovable, geeky character that you're cheering for him from page one...Thoughtful and fun, very different and utterly charming - a brilliant first novel.' NZ Herald on Sunday
'An endearing, funny book, a quirky love story, and a must read for 2013.' Daily Telegraph
'As you start reading this extraordinary work, there's no doubt that unlikely hero Don Tillman is about to take the world if not by storm, then certainly by rational argument... 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
304 pages; ISBN 9781921961960
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