Author(s): Graeme Simsion
‘We’ve got something to celebrate,’ Rosie said.
I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered a place in the psychiatry-training programme. This would be extremely good news, and I estimated the probability of sex at greater than 80%.
‘We’re pregnant,’ she said.
The Rosie Project was an international publishing phenomenon, with more than a million copies sold in over forty countries around the world. Now Graeme Simsion returns with the highly anticipated sequel, The Rosie Effect.
Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are now married and living in New York. Don has been teaching while Rosie completes her second year at Columbia Medical School. Just as Don is about to announce that Gene, his philandering best friend from Australia, is coming to stay, Rosie drops a bombshell: she’s pregnant.
In true Tillman style, Don instantly becomes an expert on all things obstetric. But in between immersing himself in a new research study on parenting and implementing the Standardised Meal System (pregnancy version), Don’s old weaknesses resurface. And while he strives to get the technicalities right, he gets the emotions all wrong, and risks losing Rosie when she needs him most.
The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious romantic comedy of the year.
Don and Rosie are back, married and living in New York. But their lives (especially Don's carefully crafted one) are thrown into turmoil when Rosie falls pregnant. Hijinks, miscommunication and evil social workers follow as Don tries to regain his equilibrium and prepare for fatherhood. The Rosie Effect is sharper, more honed than The Rosie Project, the characters are more fleshed out and the humour is drier, but the result is just as satisfying. - Lucy
* Major Australian and New Zealand publicity and marketing campaign * Author tour Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane * Press interviews in Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Courier Mail, Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, West Australian, Canberra Times, NZ Herald and Sunday Star Times * Press reviews in all major broadsheets and tabloid newspapers * Review coverage in women's glossy magazines * Television interviews to be sought on Channel 7 Sunrise and Channel 10 The Project * Radio interviews on Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly, ABC Radio Conversations with Richard Fidler, ABC Radio Jon Faine, 3AW, 2UE, 4BC and regional radio; and on Saturday Mornings with Kim Hill * Consumer competition to win a trip for two to New York-return flights and five nights in a hotel-with every purchase * Dedicated Rosie Project website supported by a social media campaign, featuring a 'Wife Project' quiz to see if you're compatible with Don, personality tests to see which character you're closest to, book trailer, author interview video and other supporting materials * Big budget book trailer available from December * Lightwall advertising in selected capital city airports, and significant print and online advertising campaign * Major Valentine's Day promotions, including a Rosie Project e-card * Reading Group Notes available * Bound proofs available to the trade now, and bookmarks available to consumers on publication
Shortlisted for Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Fiction 2015.
Graeme Simsion worked as a computer operator, programmer and database specialist before founding a consulting business in 1982. By the time he sold Simsion Bowles & Associates in 1999, it had grown to some seventy staff in three cities. Graeme had built an international reputation in data management and written the standard text on data modelling. Until the success of The Rosie Project enabled him to concentrate on his writing, he continued to deliver seminars around the world. Graeme is a founder of Pinot Now, a wine importer and distributor and Roy's Antiques in Melbourne. He recently resigned from his position as a Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne University. He is married to Anne, a professor of psychiatry who writes erotic fiction. They have two children. In 2007, Graeme completed his PhD in information systems and enrolled in the professional screenwriting course at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has made a number of short films and his screenplay, The Rosie Project, won the Australian Writers Guild / Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. While waiting for The Rosie Project to be produced, he turned it into a novel which in June 2012 won the Victorian Premier's award for an unpublished fiction manuscript. Readers of The Rosie Project will know that Graeme Simsion has a first-class sense of humour. At professional conferences he has given addresses from on top of a ladder, dressed as a duck, and he once engaged a group of spellbound chartered accountants in community singing.