The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1

The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1 by Graeme Simsion

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By Graeme Simsion

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a story about love, life and lobster every Tuesday…
Don Tillman has got his love life planned out. He knows exactly who he wants, but is it who he needs?
Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?


19 Jan 2020


A fascinating , funny ,totally enjoyable read .I have already bought the next two in the series !

11 Jan 2020

St Regulus SD

Very enjoyable book centering around a quirky character whose unorthodox approach to his life leads to many interesting and amusing scenarios. As this book was written a few years ago, it would have been one of the few exploring the impact of being on the autistic spectrum at the time (there are many, many more of these now). Easy to read!

11 Jan 2020


A light read which was enjoyable. Australia's version of the " Big Bang Theory "!

11 Jan 2020

Macclesfield Library Reading Group

Macclesfield Library Reading Groups would like to thank the Reading Agency, MichaeljBooks and Penguin books for providing copies of The Rosie Project for us to read and review. The group unanimously loved the book and conversation flowed!
“This was a brilliant read! Very funny and great to listen to as an audiobook as well. Definitely should be made into a film and I’m looking forward to reading the next two books. Great at reminding us there is no “perfect” person, we are all different and deserve respect.”
“A good read with humour and characters that you can invest in in. Labels are not what are important- it’s accepting the qualities that people have.”
“An insight into Asperger’s syndrome that is both funny and tender. An enjoyable read that is also quite believable.”
“A delight to read because of the witty inner thoughts of Don as he describes his life and the people around him.”
“A great book that was very funny in places, a “laugh out loud” saga that was lovely to read and very uplifting. I will try to read the follow ups and I am anticipating the film with pleasure.”
“I read all 3 books and really enjoyed them; Don was a brilliant and funny character. I enjoyed how difference was celebrated throughout the book. Gene made me uncomfortable. The father project felt like a side storyline. This was a very visual book and I look forward to the film!”
“A wonderful read that was amusing, touching and even sad at times. The relationship between Gene and Claudia was an uncomfortable element in the book at times which through the characters development added to its triumphant positivism .”

07 Jan 2020

An easy and enjoyable book to read that I couldn't put down and that I would definitely recommend. I can't wait to read the next one and see how the story develops.

03 Jan 2020


Thoroughly enjoyed this charming and funny book - the characters are empathetically portrayed and the story itself is entertaining.It's a quick and easy read but by no means shallow. Ideal for a wintry afternoon indoors

17 Dec 2019


This is a delightful story about a geneticist, Don Tillman. He is, in his own words, not wired the same as everyone else. His thoughts and behaviour are at odds with the world around him. In his quest to find himself a wife, he devises a questionnaire for prospective candidates. However, in his quest he encounters Rosie, who does not fit into any of the criteria required in a wife. She has issues of her own, and Don decides to help her solve some of them. Their escapades in the process makes for a very funny, but poignant read. I am certainly tempted to read the next instalment, The Rosie Effect.

I think I you’ll enjoy it.

03 Dec 2019


Australian genetics professor Don Tillman thinks he has everything he needs to find a wife. Sadly, this is not the case and he struggles to find love. Being socially challenged yet methodical, he decides to set up the Wife Project - a questionnaire - to find a wife. Enter Rosie.

Don is a quirkily charming character, direct and very likeable in an oddball sort of way. His struggles are difficult and real but the author writes the story in a funny and entertaining way. There is much humour and I caught myself laughing out loud.

The main characters are priceless and as the story weaves its tale, in the end everything appears to tie up together – no spoiler alert here.

This is s a fun, easy read and I highly recommend it.

02 Dec 2019

St Regulus SM

This is a charming and humorous book, which I really enjoyed.

29 Nov 2019


A sweet, charming, funny, sometimes sad and ultimately moving romantic comedy that makes a perfect quick, undemanding read, a sort of palate freshener if you are looking for a break from more serious fare. I found its exploration of living with Asperger's (though Don Tillman remains blissfully unaware he is on the spectrum) to be insightful and informative without getting too heavy or overburdened by the amount of research that must have gone into its writing, and Simsion treats his characters with sympathy and affection.
Reading the book, Don reminded me of Saga Noren from The Bridge. There's a tendency to sentimentality in the latter part of the book, with a romantic ending that didn't entirely convince me (and feels just a little too much like the set-up for a sequel), yet I was prepared to suspend my disbelief because the book is such a delightful read that genuinely touched my cynical old heart. Still, I have to say I was not exactly sure I wanted Don's "Wife Project" to succeed if the price exacted is that he must become more "normal" for surely love means accepting a partner as they are, unconditionally- and you would get to enjoy fresh lobster every Tuesday? OTOH I can forgive pretty much anything for laugh-out-loud scenes such as 'the jacket incident'! Don's narrative voice is just so endearing how can you not want him to succeed? I am not at all surprised to learn the novel is being turned into a movie.

01 Dec 2016


20 Apr 2016

This book got mixed reviews, some members of the group really enjoyed it, some didn't. The consensus was that it was an easy read though and involved interesting characters.

08 Feb 2016

Our book group recently read and reviewed The Rosie Project. It was universally loved! Here are a couple of the comments:

"Loved this book! Gentle, undemanding, funny, with comic genius exposed at times. We're all dipping our toes in the waters of socially inept, some of us just wade in a little further.."

"It was a gentle, undemanding read which nevertheless maintained my interest from beginning to end. Both the main characters, Rosie & Dan, sought one thing and found another. The author succeeded in making us care about the fate of the characters whilst also making it, in parts, a very funny read. I especially enjoyed Dan's contretemps with the bouncer outside the restaurant.
All the strand of the story were neatly tied up at the end , heartwarming and uplifting."

24 Jun 2015

Fictional story about a man who tries to find a wife by designing a questionnaire. I thought it was a very funny story, I would recommend it.

05 Jun 2015

what a special book. It was so funny I passed it on to my daughter who doesn't read a lot and she is loving it.
I teach some students with aspergers and it was good to get an insiders view of how the mind works in some people.

03 Jun 2015

Just love Don Tillman! Such an autistic, unique, loveable character, you just will him to find someone to love him they way he is despite his social inadequacies. So light hearted, especially after reading I Am Pilgrim! Would recommend to anyone after an uplifting easy read.

22 Apr 2015

It took a little bit of getting into but I did enjoy this book which is not normally something I would choose to read. I was quite interested in the two main characters and wanted to see how things would work out. I would recommend this book - it had an interesting story and the characters were likeable.

22 Jan 2015

Very funny made me laugh out loud!
Don Tillman is a 39 geneticist, Don's looking for a wife but has never been on a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - the world's most incompatible woman- throwing Don's safe ordered life into chaos.

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