Reviewsday: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

At QBD we love our authors and our Brisbane City store staff were lucky enough to be surprised by a visit by Graeme Simsion in the past week!

Not only was he “super nice” (exact quote right there) but he signed a few copies of his new book The Rosie Effect. He even posed for a photo with them! To celebrate we have dedicated this Reviewsday post to The Rosie Project- the book preceding The Rosie Effect.


(L-R: Geoff, Kimberley, Graeme Simsion, Lindsay & Gloria)


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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

This book made me laugh. Not many books can do that. This was a truly delightful book to read and I would never ask for a minute of the time spent reading it back.  Made all the more amazing by the fact that it is the first novel of Melbourne writer Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project will rank highly amongst my favourite reads.

Written from a unique perspective, this is one of the few, if not the only, romantic comedies with a male protagonist. And not only male, but autistic.  Don Tillman is a brilliant scientist, but a hapless socialist (I mean that with no political leanings, Don literally sucks at being social.)  Rosie is beautiful, smart and nowhere close to what Don sees as a perfect life partner.

This book is one of those rare gems that most people could relate to on some level. Does he love me? Does she love me? Can two people really be destined for one another? Is mankind meant for monogamy? Can anyone really love?

Written with a one of a kind voice, you experience all of Don’s ups and downs as he over-analyses, fears and then embraces change and eventually learns how to love.

This is a beautiful love story.

-Samantha from Northland QBD

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