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The Rosie Effect

by Graeme Simsion

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LoveReading View on The Rosie Effect

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Rosie Effect Synopsis

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.

The Rosie Effect 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 >

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.

The Rosie Effect Press Reviews

'Wholly absorbing. 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


'Offers plenty more laugh-out-loud moments' Guardian


'Touching and entertaining' Mail on Sunday

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781405918060
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780718179472
Publication date: 25/09/2014
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405918060
Publication date: 26th February 2015
Author: Graeme Simsion
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Humour,

About 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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