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Published June 8th 2015
Don Tillman has never been on a second date


Don Tillman is getting married - only he doesn't know who to yet.

As cliche as it sounds, The Rosie Project has taken the world by storm. It's witty, clever, cringeworthy in places and what I can only describe as a very likable book.

Brilliant professor of genetics, Don Tillman is attractive, smart and the perfect bachelor. Except he's meticulous down to the extreme, has a routine and plan for everything and isn't exactly adaptable to change.

He eats lobster on Tuesdays, has everything in his week planned out to best optimise time and is looking for a wife.

His answer to his dilemma? Create a sixteen page questionnaire to find his perfect partner. She will be a non-smoker, well educated, not drink and understand his need for order as well as always being punctual.

Rosie Jarman is none of these things. She's spontaneous, smokes, drinks and surprisingly enough, likes Don.

But can she handle his 'quirks'?

The Rosie Project is writer Graeme Simsion's debut novel and has been met with stellar reviews and won ABIA Book of the Year for 2014.

I'll be honest and say The Rosie Project wasn't at all what I was expecting but in a good way. I prepared myself for a perhaps more in depth and heavy book about an unusual man who has trouble finding love when in reality it was more about a (mostly likeable) socially awkward man who realises life isn't always what you plan but sometimes that's for the best.

The Rosie Project is entertaining, heart felt, more insightful than I had expected and in some places laugh out loud funny. It's like reading Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory's attempt at dating.

Sit back, relax with a cup of tea or coffee, and enjoy.

And if you find you've fallen in love with The Rosie Project, never fear, the second book The Rosie Effect has already been released.

As a side note, if you're interested in learning more about the Melbourne based writer, there are some interesting and funny articles and facts on his website.
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