The Rosie Project: A Novel


By Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman has a “wife problem.”  He doesn’t have one and at 39 years old the quirky genetics professor is setting out to correct that with “the wife project,” a 16-page questionnaire designed to weed out the unsuitable.  No smoking, vegetarian, late-for-everything women for a man who maps out every minute of his life right down to a standardized meal system; “Wine is not scheduled for Tuesdays.”

Enter Rosie, a total wash-out as far as the questionnaire goes, but still strangely appealing with her spontaneous personality and intelligence.  While Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, he is, as a DNA expert,  particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

About the Author

Graeme C. Simsion is a New Zealand born Australian author, screenwriter, playwright and data modeler. He recently won the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award for his book, The Rosie Project. The screenplay has been optioned to Sony Pictures Entertainment. Prior to writing fiction he was an information systems consultant and wrote two books and several papers about data modeling.

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