Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Web chat: Graeme Simsion

Graeme-Simsion-sitting-down.jpg
The-Rosie-Project-(2).jpg

Graeme Simsion, author of best-selling debut novel The Rosie Project, recently joined Stylist' for a lunchtime masterclass.

Graeme worked as an IT consultant and educator in his native Australia for 20 years before completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne.

He then enrolled on a screenwriting course at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and wrote and produced a dozen short films, most of which were screened at festivals or sold to television.

The Rosie Project was originally written as a screenplay, and won the Australian Writers Guild/Inception Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. In 2011, Graeme adapted the story into a novel and it won the Victorian Premier’s Award for an unpublished manuscript.

The story revolves around protagonist Don Tillman, a genetics professor who might just be somewhere on the autism spectrum. Don decides it’s time to find a wife and comes up with a foolproof plan to find the ‘perfect specimen’ in the form of a survey, but when Rosie shows up at his office he can’t think of anybody more unsuitable. She smokes, she drinks, she is a waitress – and she wants his help in genetics expertise to find her father.

The Rosie Project has already sold rights in more than 30 countries worldwide, with critics hailing the debut as touching and laugh-out-loud funny - a screwball comedy that lands somewhere between The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and The Silver Linings Playbook. Fellow authors have lined up to endorse the read, with Marian Keyes describing it as "really funny and heart-warming, a gem of a book."

The Rosie Project is published by Michael Joseph and out on 11 April 2013, £12.99

Your questions for Graeme and his responses are still visible below...

Related

hero.jpg

Top 10 must-reads of April

hero.jpg

Surreal opening lines from literature

writing-hero.jpg

Top tips for aspiring authors

Comments

More

Bookstagrammers: the Insta tribe keeping it real on social media

They're not in it for money or exposure

by Anna Brech
26 May 2017

Blake Lively is set to star in her own version of Big Little Lies

Get ready for The Husband's Secret, everybody...

by Kayleigh Dray
26 May 2017

Watch: Anna Kendrick reveals her favourite female writers

"They have written these beautiful, funny, wonderful books.”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
25 May 2017

Why you should keep a list of every book you’ve ever read

An act of honesty in a 'fake' digital age

by Anna Brech
25 May 2017

UK publisher launches new imprint to address diversity in books

Fewer than 100 books written by non-white British authors were published last year

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 May 2017

Emily Browning slams Twilight series as “emotionally abusive”

Aussie actor was Stephenie Meyer’s first pick to play Bella

by Joe Ellison
16 May 2017

Here’s how you can (legally) watch The Handmaid’s Tale in the UK

We finally have the answer

by Kayleigh Dray
16 May 2017

These are the books you need to read, according to female TED speakers

12 inspirational tomes to add to your reading list

by Sarah Biddlecombe
15 May 2017

Two brilliant word-of-mouth books to pop on your summer reading list

Load up your Kindle, pronto

by Anna Brech
10 May 2017

Book lovers, this is what your reading habits say about you

Good news for drama and romance fans

by Sarah Biddlecombe
09 May 2017