A while ago a friend gave me some books she had finished reading, to bring back to Fiji with me. As luggage space and weight restrictions, are always a problem coming back home, they stayed in Australia for quite a while, then came back a couple at a time. While most of my reading is done on my Kindle, no space or weight restrictions there, when there is a power outage for more than a day or two, paper books are a Godsend. This is how I came to read the Australian Book Industry Awards, 2014, Book of the Year, The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion.
This quirky romantic comedy, kept me reading, when I should have been doing other things, so be warned.
This is the story of Don Tillman (who reminds me a bit of Sheldon, from the TV show, The Big Bang Theory), a 39 year old geneticist, who wants to get married but has never had a second date. Let’s face it trying to find Miss Right is hard work, but when you are as pedantic about things as Don is, and every second of your day is planned out, finding your future wife becomes even more of a problem.
So what does a 39 year old, dating challenged geneticist do; he develops a questionnaire, of course. A 16 page questionnaire. You see, Don knows exactly what he doesn’t want in a woman, and he feels this will rule out unsatisfactory applicants for the job of wife. What he doesn’t count on is life, and the way it can throw a spanner into even the best laid plans; and Rosie certainly appears to be a “spanner”.
Full of laughs, but with a depth often missing in romantic comedies, The Rosie Project is a must read.
Next trip to Australia, I’ll bring back the follow up book, The Rosie Effect.
You can get your copy of The Rosie Project here;