The Rosie Project

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by Graeme Sim­sion

Don Till­man is many things: in­tel­li­gent, hand­some, a pro­fes­sor of ge­net­ics – and so­cially awk­ward in the ex­treme. So when he de­cides it’s time for him to set­tle down, his spouse hunt­ing rather tact­lessly in­volves The Wife Project – a sup­pos­edly fail-safe ques­tion­naire to nar­row down the per­fect part­ner for him. But then Rosie en­ters his life: the walk­ing em­bod­i­ment of his least com­pat­i­ble can­di­date. She’s spir­ited, younger than him, a bad cook, un­punc­tual, and only in­ter­ested in his ex­per­tise as a ge­neti­cist to help her track down her bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther. The comic ca­per that fol­lows takes Don and Rosie from Mel­bourne to New York, evolv­ing into an en­ter­tain­ing in­sight into how, at the end of the day, ev­ery­one just wants to be loved for who they are.

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