The 2015 Book - The Rosie Project

Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2018



This year's Big Read book is The Rosie Project, an international bestselling romantic comedy by Graeme Simsion. It's the story of Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who decides it's time to find a wife and settle down. He approaches the task in the same orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things. He dubs his quest "The Wife Project" and designs a 16-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman who will meet all his requirements. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for, but just might be his perfect match.

A sequel, The Rosie Effect, was published in 2014, and a film adaptation is in the works.

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


"Funny, touching, and hard to put down, The Rosie Project is certain to entertain even as readers delve into deep themes. For a book about a logic-based quest for love, it has a lot of heart. . . . [an] immensely enjoyable novel." – Booklist (starred review)


Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of 50, to turn his hand to fiction. The Rosie Project was his first novel, published in 2013. Translation rights have been sold in over 35 languages. A sequel, The Rosie Effect, was published in 2014. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children.