Author(s): Graeme Simsion
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.
Oddball genetics professor Don is on the hunt for a wife, but she must meet an exacting set of requirements before he will even consider her for his life partner. Enter Rosie, who meets none of them, but is hunting for her long-lost father. I loved this book, it's totally hilarious and has been called a mix of One Day and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Unputdownable. -Lucy
A light-hearted novel of an autistic professor’s pragmatic search for love. It begs a movie, as it had me laughing aloud quite often! - Maclean
* 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
Winner of ABIA Australian Book of the Year 2014 and Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Unpublished Manuscript 2012. Shortlisted for Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Debut Fiction 2014 and Nielsen BookData/ABA Book of the Year Award - Booksellers' Choice 2014.
'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
Graeme Simsion was born in 1956. He is an IT consultant and data analyst with an international reputation. He has taught at four Australian universities and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne University. He is a founder of Pinot Now, a wine importer and distributor, and 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 / Inception 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.