An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love. Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical--most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent--and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie--and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper. The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.
* 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.