Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Rosie Project - "classic screwball romance" an absolute winner

The feel-good novel of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance. 

That is what the publisher said about this book which sums it up pretty well but I will go further than that and say the book is an absolute cracker. It is an hilarious tale that had me frequently laughing out loud and yet at the same time I found it most thought-provoking in the areas of relationships between the sexes, marriage, customs and etiquette and of course Asperger's Syndrome.

I am not all all surprised to learn that rights have been sold into more than thirty countries. Mark my words you are going to hear a lot about this book. But you will have to be patient because it is not published until 30 January. Meantime I strongly recommend that you put your name down for a copy now at your local indie bookshop or library.

Here is a brief synopsis:

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.

About the author:

Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based business consultant and writer of short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books. The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inception Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to over thirty countries in deals approaching two million dollars.

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