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The Rosie Effect (Paperback)

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The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious sequel to Graeme Simsion's bestselling debut novel The Rosie Project. Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie. Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex. But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life - at the same time as dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace. Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever? Join Don and Rosie in the next chapter of their weird and wonderful journey in Graeme Simsion's unmissable new novel, The Rosie Effect. Praise for The Rosie Effect: "A wholly absorbing, vivid read that leaves you pining to be reunited with its characters every time you put it down - if you're able to." (Independent). "Don Tillman is the protagonist who keeps on giving. He is a gem, an empirical laser trained on human shortcomings, especially male ones, and even more especially his own. He is also utterly charming in his lack of guile and his belief in improvability...blissfully comic." (Evening Standard). "Simsion is very smart at negotiating the line between a satire of the whole modern baby-rearing neurosis and drawing intriguing characters ...this book is an intelligent piece of fun." (The Times). Graeme Simsion is a full-time writer. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was originally written as a screenplay and won the Australian Writers' Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. As a novel, it won the Australian Book Industry Association Book of the Year for 2014. Rights have been sold in forty-two countries and The Rosie Project is now a bestselling novel worldwide. In the UK, it was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and was voted the most popular title for the Spring 2014 campaign. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife Anne, a professor of psychiatry and published author, and their two children. The Rosie Effect is his second novel.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionSagasFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Humour Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 26/02/2015 ISBN-13: 9781405918060  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Graeme Simsion's first novel, The Rosie Project, and the sequel The Rosie Effect were both bestselling novels worldwide. The Rosie Result is the third and final Rosie installment. Graeme is also the author of the critically-acclaimed standalone novel The Best of Adam Sharp.

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This is a comedy featuring Don Tillman and his struggles to maintain a rational life in the face of a world that he does not quite understand. He first appeared in “The Rosie Project”, when the Australian scientist realised that he had never really got beyond a first date with any woman, so he designs a questionnaire that will pick out the few women who will fulfill his requirements. He accidentally ends up with Rosie, with whom he has travelled to New York city to follow his academic career, while she finishes her medical training. This second book in the series is a standalone book in that the reader can soon pick up the idea that Don has many abilities, but still really struggles to understand social norms and other people’s expectations. In this book Don’s struggle to be accepted by friends and colleagues is one battle he must face with very funny consequences; his main battle will be to maintain his relationship with the only woman he has ever loved. This very humourous book does not mean laughing at Don, it carefully illustrates that the situations that he gets into are very funny. Rosie and Don have found an apartment, but soon they must move to a bigger and cheaper place. Happily Don has met George, a drummer in a band popular many years before, and for complicated reasons Don arranges to move into the apartment below George’s with a certain purpose. He has also encountered Dave, who is married to Sonia, and when his best friend Gene arrives at the breakup of his marriage in Australia, Don has a friendship group as never before. Rosie has a surprise for him, and in his confusion and desperate need to help, he makes a mistake which brings him to the attention of the authorities. In typical Don fashion, he tries to discover the best way out of his difficulties without explaining everything to Rosie, who finds herself already confused by the demands of her studies and her future. A farcical situation develops, which involves assumptions made by other people and reaching the wrong conclusions. Can Don’s relationships survive revelations of the truth to so many, especially with Rosie? This is a book is written with great sensitivity of a different mindset. Don narrates the novel himself, and says “Now I - a physical scientist hardwired to understand logic and ideas ahead of interpersonal dynamics”, a piece of self knowledge which means that he is extremely able as a scientist, but struggles to understand the nuances of human behaviour. So he knows that he must gain knowledge of what is going on in people’s lives, but fails to understand what they actually do and why they take the actions they choose. It is a lighthearted book in many ways, but underneath there is the tension that everything could go wrong for Don, and that he cannot quite understand his priorities. The dialogue is amusing and some of Don’s discoveries are funny, but it is gently written with a view to show the sadness which he feels at times in coping with a world that he struggles to fully understand despite his ability to acquire facts and retain them to everyone’s benefit. This is an entertaining book with gentle humour and offering a slightly different world view which is very engaging.

- 12/04/2020
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