A first-date dud, socially awkward and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, genetics professor Don Tillman has given up on love, until a chance encounter gives him an idea.
He will design a questionnaire—a sixteen-page, scientifically researched questionnaire—to uncover the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Rosie is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent, strangely beguiling, and looking for her biological father a search that a DNA expert might just be able to help her with.
The Rosie Project is a romantic comedy like no other. It is arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, and it will make you want to drink cocktails.
Praise for The Rosie Project
A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
A national and international bestseller
#1 Indie Next Pick (US)
#1 Library Reads Pick (US)
'Funny and heartwarming, a gem of a book.' – Marian Keyes
"Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell. I'd love to have a beer with the humane and hilarious Graeme Simsion." - Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook
'I absolutely loved The Rosie Project—original and clever, and perfectly written. The world is going to fall in love with Don and Rosie and I can't wait for that to happen.' — Jill Mansell, author of To the Moon and Back
"The Rosie Project is the best, most honestly told love story I've read in a long time." — Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of Fly Away and Home Front
"This clever and joyful book charmed me from the first. Professor Tillman is an unlikely romantic hero but a brave, winning soul, and his quest to find a wife goes to show that rationality is no match for love." — Maggie Shipstead, bestselling author of Seating Arrangements
"Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvelous 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
One of the best romantic comedies of the year, this debut will leave you with a new perspective on what it means to fall in love." - Chatelaine
"Crackling with wit and almost boasting an almost perfect calibrated heartbreak-to-romance ratio, Graeme Simsion's delightful debut, The Rosie Project, joins ranks with the best romantic comedies of our age." – The Globe and Mail
"Move over, Sheldon Cooper. There's a new brilliant, socially inept scientist poised to win over a huge audience, and his name is Don Tillman, in The Rosie Project....It's not surprising that debut novelist Graeme Simsion has a background in science —The Rosie Project, already a success in Australia, seems almost precision-engineered to keep readers turning pages. But unlike its unexpectedly lovable hero, this rom-com is bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and intentional humor." – Entertainment Weekly
"Simsion's attention to detail brings to life Don's wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don's Asperger's syndrome as a fault, or a lead into a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love. As Don would say, this book is 'great fun.'" – USA Today
"Simsion can plot a story, set a scene, write a sentence, finesse a detail. A pity more popular fiction isn't this well-written. . . .A sparkling, laugh-out-loud novel." –...