The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project

By Graeme Simsion

  • Release Date: 2013-01-30
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 937 Ratings
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Winner of the Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year, 2014.

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. 

The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance.

Graeme Simsion is a Melbourne-based novelist and screenwriter.
The Rosie Project was the 2014 ABIA Book of the Year and has sold over three million copies worldwide. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is also a bestseller, with worldwide sales of more than a million copies. Graeme’s screenplay for The Rosie Project is in development with Sony Pictures and The Best of Adam Sharp is in development with Toni Collette’s Vocab Films. Graeme’s latest novel is Two Steps Forward, (Oct, 2017) co-written with his wife, Anne Buist.

The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book, and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, was released in 2014 to great acclaim and also became a bestseller.

‘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.’ Bill Gates

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

‘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.’ Bill Gates

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.’ Age/SMH

‘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.’ Courier Mail/Daily Telegraph

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

‘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.’ Australian Women's Weekly

‘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.’ NZ Herald on Sunday

‘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.’ Guardian

‘Funny, endearing, and pure, wonderful escapism, this debut tells the story of the logical Professor Don Tillman and his unscientific search for a wife.’ Independent

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


  • Funny and rib ticking

    By VipZar
    Meet Don Tillman, the Big Bang Theory's Sheldon of the book world. Graeme Simsion has written a refreshingly funny narrative while touching upon so many human emotions. A must read... looking forward to "The Rosie Effect".
  • Wow!!!!

    By Food'Flowers
    This book has taken my breath away! Intelligently written, witty, charming, sad and ecstatic and yet at the same time quite deep and thought provoking too. I fell in love with Don myself. A genuinely beautiful person and that's testament in itself to the depth of the character development. Simply superb!
  • Fabulous!!

    By Roachette
    What a great book. Funny. Insightful. A super easy read but truly wonderful.
  • Funny and light hearted

    By Ljgub
    This book was funny and easy to read. It is great to have someone experiencing ASD as the protagonist to enjoy the quirks!
  • Best book Ive read this year

    By wattmusic
    From the first paragraph I was hooked by the workings of Don’s mind. He is anything but a stereo type - at first I thought of him as Sheldon from “Big Bang Theory” but as the story developed I saw a clear insight into the delightfully different thought processes of this character. The Rosie Project is funny, clever and sympathetic. Not full of cheap jokes just the humour of humanity in all it’s weird and wonderful manifestations.
  • Ms

    By Cheeky008
    Brilliant!! I loved Don and Rosie, couldn't put it down once I started, they gave me lots of laughs and a few tears. Can't wait to read the next one.
  • Great read

    By Autriv
    Funny, entertaining and witty.
  • The Rosie Project

    By Gladiator-Citizen
    One bad sentence could have derailed this book. But it stayed on those rails to the last word. Apparently, it took a village to write this book with the author the village chief. The author believes in crafting, sifting and sorting - and restraining himself to refine it more. It is a great and unique read - in answer to your question - I could not put it down!
  • The Rosie Project

    By C cheeb
    Absolutely delightful, funny, insightful, I am only sorry I have finished it. Thank you, Don.
  • Light, humorous and fun

    By HAMS84