The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion (reviewed 9 November 20117)

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion explores the romantic and comedic errors of a man with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome, Don Tillson, as he looks for a wife. As a professor of genetics, Don lives an orderly, predictable life in a protected academic setting. Trouble ensues when he decides that he is ready to find his life’s partner. Set in Melbourne, Australia and New York City, the novel is told in the first person from Don’s perspective. (

At our book group meeting this book was well received. The lowest score was a 3 and the overall mean average for the book was a 4. We reviewed the book club questions at the back of the book which led to a lively, purposeful discussion.

Most people felt it was a good read - a ‘laugh out loud’ type of novel, which reflected the opinion of many reviewers – “exuberantly life-affirming” (Sunday Times), “sublime, pitch –perfect, extremely funny” (Independent), “brilliant, important, light-hearted” (Guardian).

One to savour, then.