The Rosie Project
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.