Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project
In a recent Guardian (UK) Book club article they talkj about the great success of a new book by Graeme Simsion called “The Rosie Project”. The book is about a man with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome, a first apparently. There has been a frenzied bidding war for rights to the print version and possible film. Well done Graeme who is said to be “flabbergasted” by the interest. In fact publishers in more than 34 countries have signed deals with Graeme. WOW!
There is a suggestion that with Aspergers making the news a lot in recent years that the book and film would change people’s perception of the curious condition. You have to hand it to Graeme for tackling the subject – particularly as a first to do so in a novel. It will be on my reading list.
From the article : “The Rosie Project tells the story of a socially challenged genetics professor, Don Tillman, who decides to look for a wife, drawing up a “scientifically valid” questionnaire to assist his quest for the perfect woman. Tillman lectures on Asperger’s without realising that he displays its symptoms himself – in his use of language, difficulty in reading social signals and obsession with detail.”
What success! Its author is Graeme Simsion, 56, an Australian IT consultant with a British father. He was “flabbergasted” to learn of frenzied bidding by publishers worldwide. Until recently, he had never even dared to imagine that he had the ability to write a novel. Advances of more than £1.2m so far have already allowed him to become a full-time writer. … nice to learn of an author getting such success.
And … “Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money”. Jules Renard