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?


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


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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