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The feel-good hit of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance about a handsome but awkward genetics professor and the woman who is totally wrong for him

A first-date dud, socially awkward and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, genetics professor Don Tillman has given up on love, until a chance encounter gives him an idea.

He will design a questionnaire—a sixteen-page, scientifically researched questionnaire—to uncover the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Rosie is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent, strangely beguiling, and looking for her biological father a search that a DNA expert might just be able to help her with.

The Rosie Project is a romantic comedy like no other. It is arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, and it will make you want to drink cocktails.

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Critical Praise

“Crackling with wit and boasting an almost perfectly calibrated heartbreak-to-romance ratio. . . . Joins ranks with the best romantic comedies of our age.” —The Globe and Mail

“A funny and profound book about being comfortable with who you are and what you’re good at. . . . It is one of the most enjoyable novels I’ve read in a long time.” —Bill Gates

“Sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A romantic comedy with sublime character precision. . . . Extremely funny.” —The Independent

“An utterly winning screwball comedy. . . . Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers.” —NPR.org

Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in.” —Chicago Tribune

“Warm-hearted and perfectly pitched, with profound themes that are worn lightly, this very enjoyable read promises to put Don Tillman on the comic literary map somewhere between Mr Pooter and Adrian Mole.” —The Guardian

“One of the year’s most promising and original novelists.” —Wall Street Journal

“Read-out-loud laughter begins by page two. . . . This novel is perfectly timed.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Polished debut fiction. . . . Simsion can plot a story, set a scene, write a sentence, finesse a detail. A pity more popular fiction isn’t this well written. . . . A sparkling, laugh-out-loud novel.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“I wanted to race through The Rosie Project but had to make myself slow down from my usual reading pace, because of the number of sly jokes that I almost missed. A lovely, original, and very funny read.” —Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You

“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s one of the most quirky and endearing romances I’ve ever read. I laughed the whole way through. And now I want to meet Don!” —Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series and Wedding Night

“Charming, funny, and heartwarming, a gem of a book.” —Marian Keyes, author of The Brightest Star in the Sky and This Charming Man

“The Rosie Project opens as strongly as any comic novel I’ve read in a long time. . . . The book roars at high speed to its conclusion.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A world so original, in a story so compelling, I defy you not to read through the night. Read this glorious novel now, in the moment, where it lives.” —Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife<./em>

“Another great favorite: The Rosie Project, a hilarious novel by Graeme Simsion. It’s truly one of the funniest and most poignant novels I’ve read, and when you’ve finished it, there’s an excellent sequel as well.” —Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times Newsletter

The Rosie Project is an upbeat, quirky, impertinent gem of a read. As the novel makes its logically irrefutable progression, readers will become enchanted by what may well be the world’s first rigorously evidence-based romantic comedy.” —Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee and Gold

“This clever and joyful book charmed me from the first. Professor Tillman is an unlikely romantic hero but a brave, winning soul, and his quest to find a wife goes to show that rationality is no match for love.” —Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements

“I’m madly in love with this book!” —Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Left Neglected

“With the demands of children and work, it’s rare that I find myself so caught up in a novel that I literally cannot put it down—not for food nor for conversation nor even for sleep. ” —Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road, Bad Mother, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

“Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvelous novel, The Rosie Project is a serious reflection on our need for companionship and identity. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming.” —John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443454445
  • ISBN 10: 1443454443
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 06/27/2017
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 12.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General

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