Indie book a month - The Rosie Project

12 March 2013 / 2 comments
The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion book review

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Graeme Simsion's debut The Rosie Project. Originally written as a screenplay, 5 years later Graeme rewrote it as a book. He went on to win the Victorian Premier's Award for an unpublished manuscript, was quickly snapped up by Text Publishing and has now had the book sold into more than 33 countries. But the real prize, I suspect for Graeme, is that people are now contacting him wanting to make The Rosie Project into a film. 

The book is a romantic comedy about oddball Don, highly intelligent, fit, borderline Asperger's Syndrome, who runs his life to a rigid schedule. He is on the hunt for a wife, and has developed a questionnaire for women so he can grade them on their suitability and compatibility. He calls this The Wife Project. Enter Rosie, a highly unsuitable, incompatible match, who suddenly has Don making alterations to his schedule and, even more amazingly, he begins to experience actual feelings for her.

I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but there is something really likable about this book. Despite the sometimes commonplace writing (‘the most beautiful woman I had ever seen,’ ‘I ate the best food I had ever eaten’),  there is a lighthearted tone to the book that is endearing.  And there are funny moments,  like Don filling out the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, because this is all his psychologist friend Claudia had on hand at the time.

All in all, this book and the story behind it is an inspiration for any aspiring writer, because Graeme Simsion was able to go from unknown writer to international superstar almost overnight.


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