Welcome to my personal website.This is where I post details of writing projects, films, and other personal projects, and occasionally blog on subjects that I hope will be interesting to most of the people I know – in writing, film-making, data management, consulting and life in general.

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G.C. Simsion & Associates, education in consulting skills and data modelling.

General information about The Rosie Project including list of international publishers.

News about the US Publication of the The Rosie Project.

News about the Australian Publication of the The Rosie Project.

The Rosie Project, a novel by Graeme Simsion and winner of the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript was published in Australia by Text Publishing on 30 January, 2013. Rights have been sold in 40 countries.

The screenplay of The Rosie Project has been optioned to Sony Pictures. My agent (screenwriting only) is Rich Green, at Resolution, Los Angeles.

Graeme Simsion’s Tedx Talk, Its all design, from IT projects to The Rosie Project, can be viewed by clicking here.

Latest News – Writing & Production

Lots of excitement around the US publication of The Rosie Project on October 1 2013. For the latest, see The Simon and Schuster Author Page

Graeme is currently working on a sequel to The Rosie Project. Publication in Australia expected in 2014.

August 17 marks 6 months for The Rosie Project in the Australian independent booksellers top 10 – their top selling book for first half of 2013.

Micro fiction in The Guardian.

My short story Three Encounters with the Physical placed second (from 850 entries) in The Age Short Story Competition for 2012.  It appeared in The Age on 12 Jan 2013. You can read it at http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/three-encounters-with-the-physical-20130111-2cl32.html.

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  1. Just finished reading the Rosie Project and absolutely loved it, could not put the book down. I grew up in Shepparton and I work at Melbourne University so it was extra special for me :)

  2. Reading The Rosie Project made me think that maybe I could write a book too. Thanks for inspiring me to have a go.
    You’re a damn good writer.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy Stevens

    • It may be a characteristic of advanced old age (I’m 94) but about 2/3-3/4 thru Rosie Project (and many books I read) I feel as though this is just GOING ON TOO TOO LONG! I always finish a book I start (feel I owe it to the author) and so I did with the Rosie Project.

      When they make the movie, however, take a lesson from Gone With the Wind — one of rare few movies BETTER THAN THE NOVEL ITSELF, because they wisely eliminated (as I remember) TWO more of Scarlett’s husbands than the book. ELIMINATE A FEW POTENTIAL FATHERS, for a better script.

      As to translating comedy to film, I find that is even more difficult a thing to do than streamlining the the plotlines a bit. Two cases to that point — Heartburn (Nora Ephron) and Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler). I loved both books AND both films but neither film succeeded in being as funny as the books. Heartburn came off really a bit sad, wistful in a wonderful romance gone bad. Although Nora did GET EVEN with the book with the real life husband who inspired the plot!

      Accidental Tourist has a tragic sub-plot, not the same kind of comedy as Heartburn at all, but its hero is comic in the same way as Don Tillman — just the way he IS and how he runs his life is comic. Again, the movie is great as is the book, but you have a whole different reaction (at least I did) to the key secondary (and comic) heroine — the dog trainer the hero hires.

      And the hero is just not as comically unaware as the book, even tho I remember thinking the actor chosen (forget his name now) was PERFECT. So it wasn’t that, it was the script that didn’t translate to the screen.

      The only way you’re going to have your movie AS FUNNY AS YOUR BOOK, is to use the narrator technique in the movie to tell how Don THINKS (1st person telling in book does that), not just try to SHOW AND TELL his quirky stuff. Accidental Tourist didn’t do that.

      I have a grandson who studied film at USC, and I tried to explain to him my preference for films that are narrated when the movie starts out as a book (like Somerset Maugham novels and short stories so often are and WHY I think so MANY of his writings ended up as great films), but he tells me that is just not film anymore, that’s what books do, films are visual.

      Me? I still like talky movies with great dialog, and less action.

      I can’t wait to hear reaction of my Book Club in August to Rosie Project! They are mostly older women — but I am by far the OLDEST — and at least 2-3 are what I consider serious and LITERATE and well-read readers. Most are less so.

      maggy

  3. Just finished reading The Rosie Project here in California and wanted to thank you for such a delightful book. Funny, engaging, and a wonderful companion to many solo meals (not of the Standardized Meal System variety however). All in all— a joy!
    Eagerly awaiting the sequel,
    Lorie (BMI twenty point four)

  4. Dear Mr. Simsion
    I wanted to let you know that in my area we have a very large library system called Baltimore County Public Library. The Collection Development Department staff will be doing an online book group chat of your wonderful title The Rosie Project. I LOVED the book and have passed it on to many people. I want to be in on the chat and wanted to know if you would be interested in knowing about this event which is the evening of June 11th. The Library System is located in Baltimore County MD, USA. The moderator of the online book group is Beth at this email : breinker@bcpl.net. She is really excited about moderating this event. I thing she would be overjoyed if you or your staff contacted her just to say Good Luck or whatever is appropriate.
    Thank you so much for giving your attention to this post. Best of luck with the sequel.
    Regards,
    Lila

    • Thanks for being in touch and sorry for the delay, but this is all arranged and I’m looking forward to participating.

  5. After just buying your book, “The Rosie Project” and starting to read it I feel like I’m reading the usual “script” given to us by Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory.”
    Really?

    • I agree Laura but that is what I loved about it. If you read how the book came to be it states Simsion started it as a script. I couldn’t quite get the Sheldon with an accent in my head though. I hope the book gets made into a “romcom”.

  6. Mr Simsion, it was such a pleasure to meet you again this morning at the train station in Cologne after listening to you yesterday evening. I postet out Photo on your Facebook Page :-)
    Thank you so much for Rosie. She’s a real Lady. I love the book. It is so much fun to read.
    I hope you enjoyed Cologne :-)
    Best wishe,
    Janina S

  7. I don´t speak/write english very well, sorry for that but hope this comment is understandable. Just want to thank you for writing your book which in Spanish is intitled “The wife project”. I just can´t stop laughing, but also thinking that through your great sense of humor, the book really can help people to understand a lot about people with Asperger, bipolar or any other so called mental illness. Thank you for writing, and please don´t stop. I´ll be waiting for your next book, and if you come to Chile, my husband and I will be thrilled tou invite you home for a dinner, but not lobster!

    • Many thanks for being in touch… Your English is fine! Thank you for the kind words, and I can confirm that the sequel will be published later this year. We’ve visited Chile only very briefly so would love to find an excuse to visit again.

      Kind regards
      Graeme

  8. Thank you for this wonderful book. It was very cleverly written and very insightful with your sympathetic depiction of this lovable professor with Asperger’s as well as the other characters in the novel. As the mother of a young man with Asperger’s as well as savant characteristics, I live this everyday….veering between exasperation, to being charmed…never a dull moment. My son is one of the most gentle, loving and quirky/innovative but ultimately misunderstood students in his university. Obviously he struggles with social acceptance but he is thankfully a very optimistic person, can’t be easy but he tries his best to fit in. There was a lovely Hindi movie “My Name is Khan” starring the very lovable Shah Rukh Khan in the title role, which was the only other story that comes quite in this league- featuring an Asperger’s hero that was quite so upbeat and ultimately optimistic. Thank you ever so much!

    • Thank you for the feedback. I’m always particularly pleased to hear from the Asperger’s community. I think it’s important that we have a variety of depictions of people with Asperger’s in fiction and non-fiction, so that the community in general can start to see beyond the similarities (“it’s like being in Sheldon Cooper’s head”) to the differences.
      Really glad you found it positive.

    • Sorry for the very delayed response – my daughter has been sorting through the spam! Yes, my wife and I walked the Camino (or a camino) in 2011 from Tramayes (a day from Cluny, France) via Le Puy en Velay to St Jean Pied de Port, then cut through the Pyrenees to Hendaye, picked up the Ruta del Norde, then the Camino Primitivo, joining the Camino Frances two days from the finish. Just over 2000 kilometres in 87 days.

  9. So, you have a new fan in the USA, in Michigan to be more exact. I had read about your book in Entertainment Weekly and asked to be notified when it showed up at my local library. Now I will be looking to purchase some copies so I can share them with my friends. I hope you are serious about a sequel because I am anticipating another wonderful read.

    • Thank you. And it’s out in paperback today! The sequel is well underway and due for publication in the US early next year (in Australia in September).

  10. I have attended a monthly book review group for the last couple of years but I have had a great deal of trouble engaging with my selected novels. I began to lose confidence in my ability to enjoy and complete a novel. Then my daughter gave me a signed copy (at Noosa) of The Rosie Project and I couldn’t put it down. Due to Xmas related interruptions I took about three days to read your laughter and thought provoking novel. I’m familiar with Asperges and Autistic syndromes and it was good to have fun with the quirkiness and be reminded that humanity is blessed with different characters who can be extraordinary people.

    • A very late reply (after some serious sorting through the spam and distraction with the sequel). Really glad you enjoyed it (trust you enjoyed Noosa too!).

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