Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Penguin (2 Jan 2014)
As you may know I do enjoy getting to know new authors by their debuts and Graeme Simsion’s first novel, with its catchy title and intriguing back cover blurb, had me at hello. Let me start by saying that I actually purchased the Audible audiobook version of this (narrated by the wonderful Dan O’Grady) which I most highly recommend.
On to the book itself what we are dealing with here is, essentially, the journey of self- discovery of Don Tilman – a handsome (think Gregory Peck) but totally inept socially (think Sheldon from ‘Big Bang Theory’) Genetics professor (and undiagnosed Asperger’s sufferer).
At 39 Don decides it’s about time he got married and, disillusioned by the inefficacy of traditional dating rituals, devises ‘The Wife Project’ – a scientific method (complete with a 16-page questionnaire) of finding the perfect partner. She will not be (amongst many others) a smoker, a drinker or a late-comer. Enter Rosie (a.k.a. ‘The World’s Most Incompatible Woman’) on a quest right up Tilman’s alley: to find her biological father. Don’s safe, ordered life is thrown into complete chaos & what ensues is… one of the top feel- good novels of 2013!
An amusing, clever and at times unexpectedly touching love story, with a twist and some of the quirkiest (& most adorable) characters, ‘The Rosie Project’ is 352 pages of unconventional, lough- out- loud chic-lit – written by a guy at the top of his game.
Hands down, one of my favorite books of last year – if you haven’t read it yet (and are in the mood for something light, different and fun) do make a point of picking it up!
[Lifestyle Counter Rating: 5/5 stars]