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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

October 2014 Book of the Month.

The simplicity of the writing here has a magical quality that carries you effortlessly from page to page. If you have not met Don Tillman, Professor of Genetics in The Rosie Project then you are in for a treat and I do believe this book will be your favourite. If you have read the first then the freshness of Don’s voice will be familiar to you and so not as much of a delight as the first was. Now Don and Rosie are married and living in New York expecting their first baby. Expecting is the wrong word for Bud (baby under development) was not expected, it is a complete surprise to Don, not planned and therefore difficult to accept. The book is about whether he and Rosie feel he will make a suitable father. It’s absolutely beautiful. A charming exploration of human foibles, human nature and human triumphs.

The Rosie Effect is the wonderfully charming and hilarious sequel to Graeme Simsion's bestselling debut novel The Rosie Project.

If you like Graeme Simsion you might also like to read books by Gavin Extence, Marie Semple and Fredrik Backman.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Newly married Don and Rosie (whom we first met in The Rosie Project) have recently arrived in New York from Australia. Don is a very orderly, list-making genetics professor, and Rosie a very disorderly, somewhat harebrained medical student. Just as their attempts to peaceably combine Don’s obsessive planning with Rosie’s spontaneity seem to be working, Rosie throws a massive spanner in the works. This culminates in a catalogue of hilarious misunderstandings inadvertently caused by Don and resulting in pandemonium. Can Rosie and Don’s relationship stand the strain? This charming, highly amusing tale of two glorious characters and their inglorious friends is a total delight that leaves us longing for the next instalment.
~ Caroline White

Reader Reviews

In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Jayne Burton - 'Another Don Tillman great! A big book, a big story and an excellent and entertaining read.   More Don Tillman please Graeme!' Read full review>
  • Julie Bertschin - 'Quirky and highly amusing!..I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it made me laugh and cry through the touching and heartfelt journey of the 9 months of impending parenthood.' Read full review>
  • Edel Waugh - 'Don is back and funnier than ever in this second book by Graeme Simsion...Go read this if you want a really good laugh!' Read full review>
  • Linda Hill - 'I didn't find this book as laugh out loud funny as the first, but I think that might be because the style was more familiar. However, it was amusing and enjoyable and I'd certainly recommend it.' Read full review>
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'I am so glad that I read such a great funny amusing story. I was surprised that I found The Rosie Effect very easy to read and to follow with being quite quirky.' Read full review>
  • Joan Hill - 'If you enjoyed The Rosie Project you will love reading more about the unlikely partnership of Rosie and Don. It will warm your heart and give you hours of relaxation and enjoyment.' Read full review>
  • Joanne Nuttie - 'For those of you who enjoyed the first book give this book a go. You will still enjoy the humour and it was very well written.' Read full review>
  • Carol Peace - 'A great book, I didn’t think you could better The Rosie Project but this did.'  Read full review>
  • Rachel Hall - 'I can see myself returning many times over to this stunning book which will stay with me for quite some time and is going straight to the top of my list to recommend to others!' Read full review>
  • Jillian McFrederick - 'A host of weird and wonderful characters, from rock star to counsellor, doctor to student, populate the pages and add to the overall world to create an entertaining tale...' Read full review>
  • Sue Broom - 'Graeme Simsion has delved deep into the pregnancy/child rearing themes and the mass of conflicting advice available to parents and the result is very funny indeed.' Read full review>
  • Jane Pepler - 'I found The Rosie Effect to be a fantastic read. I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. It was a very easy to read, hilarious novel which made me laugh out loud...' Read full review>
  • Sheila Dale - 'Readers who enjoyed The Rosie Project will probably like this but there is a limited amount of humour to be gained from Don and Rosie's particular problems.' Read full review>
  • Elisabeth Thomas - '...the story is quirky and clever, not your typical ‘romance’ story. The characters are believable and well created and the description is very vivid.' Read full review>
  • Becca Jayne - 'You'll fall for Rosie and Don time after of the best novels I've read this year.' Read full review>
  • Zarina de Ruiter -  'The Rosie Effect is a worthy sequel to The Rosie Project. The novel was both humorous and though-provoking while capturing the charm and peculiarity of the first novel perfectly.' Read full review>
  • Sarah Musk - 'I did still love Don Tillman and his funny little ways but compared to the total, fresh enjoyment of the first book, The Rosie Effect fell slightly short.' Read full review>
  • Catherine Larner - 'Funny, moving, witty and original - Don and Rosie's married life is just as entertaining as their courtship!' Read full review>
  • Glynis Elliot - 'Oh dear, I so loved the Rosie Project and laughed out loud with it and chuckled quietly.  I also recommended it to many people but unfortunately I can't say the same about The Rosie Effect.' Read full review>
  • Susan Walsh - 'A delight, thoroughly enjoyable read...Easily as delightful a read as The Rosie Project. Quirky to say the least, you will simply love it.' Read full review>
  • Judi Davies - 'Another hit from Graeme Simsion! Warm, witty & totally addictive, this is a must-read...Both sexes will enjoy the story. Don't miss this one!' Read full review>
  • Sharon Butler - 'I must admit, having read the first book, I found this one a little frustrating and repetitive at times and just wanted to give Don a big kick...' Read full review>

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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to emabark on a new project...

As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual reasearch style soon gets him into trouble. To make matters more difficult, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them, but Gene is not exactly a prime example of marital happiness, and as his life with Rosie continues to be unpredictable Don needs to remember that emotional support is just as important as his practical expertise.


Praise for Graeme Simsion:

'Marvellous. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming.' John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

'Funny, endearing, and pure, wonderful escapism.' Independent

'Don Tillman is one of the most endearing, charming and fascinating literary characters I have met in a long time.' The Times

About the Author

Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion is a full-time writer. Previously an IT consultant and educator, he wrote his first book in 1994 (the standard reference on data modelling, now entering its fourth edition), and taught at four Australian universities. He is married to Anne, a professor of psychiatry who writes erotic fiction. They have two children. The Rosie Project was originally written as a screenplay, and won the Australian Writers Guild/Inception Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. As a novel, it won the 2012 Victorian Premier's award for an unpublished fiction manuscript.

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25th September 2014


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