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Latest News – Writing & Production

Three items of news in week beginning 26 January, 2015 (besides The Age headlining its story on inspirational Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, The Rosie Effect and a profile of my partner Anne Buist in The Age Good Weekend, Saturday 24 Jan)

1. Partner Anne Buist’s first mainstream novel, Medea’s Curse, will be published Wednesday.

2. My first short story in a while, Like it was Yesterday, published in the Review of Australian Fiction beside my writing buddy Susannnah Petty’s Cigarettes and a Blue-eyed Doll.

3. The Heckler movie (I was script editor and EP) gains momentum. Comedians in Bars Drinking Beer premières online Thursday.  The Heckler won Best Ensemble Movie at the LA Comedy Festival a few months ago.

 

Related Links:

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

My writing (and life) partner Anne Buist aka Simone Sinna.

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

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

News about the US 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The Rosie Project, a novel by Graeme Simsion and winner of the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and Australian Book Industry Association Book of the Year for 2014 was published in Australia by Text Publishing on 30 January, 2013. Rights have been sold in 41 countries.

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

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

 

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  1. Hey Graeme,
    Just finished both Rosie books back-to-back, and I have to say I enjoyed them immensely; most certainly my favorite novels ever! The characters have very much stuck with me, like dear friends.
    Maybe you could clarify Rosie’s character for me though. Perhaps because we’re seeing Rosie through the prism of Don’s perception, her motivations aren’t always easily decipherable. In the first book she’s clearly into Don very early on, but seems to back away as the book progresses, then suddenly changes her mind at the end. Is it that she doesn’t truly understand the magnitude of Don’s differences in the beginning or is more that she likes the idea of a relationship until it becomes more likely, at which point the potential for intimacy scares her?
    In the second book, she seems not only completely in synch with Don but also sympathetic to him in the way only a loving woman could be. Then as she grows more pregnant (a pregnancy she achieved somewhat surreptitiously) she seems increasingly repulsed by Don, then transitions to basically seeing him as the metaphorical midwife for a more perfect relationship with an unborn baby, before ultimately deciding to stay with him if he agrees to keep himself in the background.
    Through both books Rosie seems very ambivalent about Don, more so as their relationship progresses and it’s an indecisiveness that’s never really explained or resolved. Although Claudia provides a plausible and even likely explanation, it’s one that only seems to be a partial answer. Could you provide some more insight into Rosie’s character, or are you perhaps saving it for your next Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman novel?

    • Thanks for the kind words. Re Rosie, suffice to say that she has been the major point of discussion (and division) in comments on the second novel. I think it’s best if I leave it to readers, having made my statement on the page, but you’re right: she’s seen through Don’s eyes… and people are complex!

  2. I am reading the first book The Rosie Project and loving it, but thing is I have Aspergers and it is just making me feel horrible that I am like that. I am probably not as bad as Don though. Don reminds me of Sheldon in Big Bang Theory.

    • I can’t tell you how to feel, but suffice to say that almost all readers love Don (as do I), so if you’re ‘probably not as bad’ then you’re a pretty good person. Many readers compare Don to Sheldon – and I guess that’s reasonable insofar as they probably both have Asperger’s (BTW I’ve never watched TBBT) but I want to encourage people to see the differences amongst apsies as well as their similarities. If you haven’t already done so, watch The Imitation Game, and feel proud that you have a lot in common with one of the most important people of the 20th century.
      Best
      Graeme

  3. Dear Graeme
    I was given both your books as a Christmas gift. Started the first book 3 days ago, have just finished the second. Its a bit of a shock to realise that Don Tillman is a fictitious character; you have fleshed him out so wonderfully with a perfect mix of humour, pathos and grace. Its a testimony to your writing skills.
    I don’t know what your plans are, but I do hope there will be more instalments – would love to find out how he actually copes with the rigours of fatherhood.
    I can also see how this story could make a brilliant movie. Not sure how much influence you have, but please don’t let the Americans ruin it – they don’t understand subtlety at all. The previously posted suggestion of a first person narration for the movie seems perfect – as in “Noises Off”. I’m sure there have been a million suggestions for lead actor but I will put in my nomination for what its worth – Guy Pierce (and he is Australian).
    PS my best regards to Greg Buist whom I assume is your brother-in-law; I used to work with him once upon a time.

    • Hi – thanks for the kind words. I may write a third book but it’s a little way down the track. I think the Americans can do great work on their day, and Sony have a top team on it, so I have my fingers crossed. And Greg Buist is my Father in Law – I’ll pass on regards!

  4. Where do I start? Thankyou seems so inadequate. Recently a friend gave me THE ROSIE PROJECT to read. I seem to have the same condition as everyone else that reads this book. I don’t want to put the book down. I love every word. I am trying to read it as slowly as I can but I know it is going to end!. It has been ages since I was so engrossed in a book. Thankyou Graeme Simsion ! You have captured the characters perfectly and delighted me with your storywriting! I am so happy that I turned the first page and that your second book is now available. Keep writing!!

  5. Very much enjoying the first book (The Rosie Project), particularly intrigued with The Father Project storyline. I was going to wait until finishing the book before asking, but after reading the opening of chapter 13 I can no longer stifle my curiousity as to your inspiration…

    • I also enjoyed the book. My son, in the spectrum, is on a similar mission. But he and I had to point out that Don should not select farmed salmon as the sustainable choice. 40 million delicious and wild sockeye salmon returned to Bristol Bay this summer–eat wild Alaska salmon Don!

  6. Hi
    Just reading this morning that Paddy Considine has Irlen syndrome. Not sure who you’re casting – anyone from Blue-Tongue would be great – but if you’d look outside of Australia then Paddy Considine seems a brilliant fit. Could probably facilitate an introduction if you like. My whole family love your book and can’t wait for the next one.

    KC

  7. Great book, thank you so much, funny, clever and completely engaging. From the first pages it was evident the characters and story line would translate well to film.. not to mention the dialogue, some great lines. I can’t wait for someone to next say to me “tell me something I don’t know”.

    Congratulations also on the process by which you got the book finished and are now achieving your original ambition of a film. What fun you will have casting…. if only Tom Hanks were younger.
    PS
    If extras are needed for the reunion and cocktail scene count me in.

  8. Dear Mr. Simsion,

    I picked up your novel, The Rosie Project, on a whim. I had been debating getting it for some time because I was disappointed by most books I had been reading and was in a book rut. When I finally saw it in stores in Canada with that beautiful cover, I thought “ok this is fate, I am buying it now”. I have to thank you from the bottom of my book-loving heart for this masterpiece in literature. I loved your novel so much. It has always been difficult for me to say a book is my favorite, it’s like asking a mother to pick their favorite child. But I can say without any hesitation that The Rosie Project is the best book I have ever read. And I read a lot – I can devour a 400 page book in a day and a half. Since reading The Rosie Project, I have read 5 more books but I have not been able to enjoy them at all because all I think about is that happiness I got from reading your book. I cannot stress enough how amazing of a book it is. The writing is absolutely genius! The character development and their traits are amazing and funny and easy to relate to. I love everything about it. I love the minimal swearing and mentions of sex. It truly tells a wonderful story without excess fluff to fill the book. I did not want it to end. I was so incredibly happy after reading your book. When I found out there was a sequel I was completely ecstatic. Since I finished this book 2 weeks ago I was debating sending you a note telling you how much I loved The Rosie Project. But after reading more books since, I can’t get over how amazing The Rosie Project was and I am literally dying without the sequel. I am so happy there will be a sequel and I have no doubt it will be just as incredible as the first. I really cannot wait. I wish I could get a copy tomorrow but I will *somewhat patiently* wait for this amazing conclusion. In the meantime I am forcing all friends and loved ones to get The Rosie Project and fall in love.

    Your newest fan from Canada, Andrea.

    P.S. Please, please, please do not stop writing. You have an amazing gift of connecting with your audience and spreading happiness. I will buy every book you publish while waiting in anguish for them to reach my nearest store. If possible, get the sequel to The Rosie Project out faster PLEASE!! (I apologize for my extreme enthusiasm, I never thought I would love a book this much and I have never been a patient person).

  9. Aye Graeme,
    I really enjoyed your “The Rosie Project” – the character development is an absolute reading pleasure!!!
    From a producers point of view the apartment, the university, fine dining, streets of New York and other locations are all easily manageable here in Cape Town… We have a very attractive film rebate system – have you concidered shooting in Cape Town? Currently our exchange rates are very favourable and may just tip the balance. Contact me on my email should you wish a budget breakdown. Best wishes and KEEP WRITING! kind regards Murray

  10. Fabulous book! I am desperately trying to read it slowly so it won’t end but I’m not very successful. My question is: how were you able to, so accurately, bring Asperger’s Syndrome to life in the form of ‘Don’? Thank you for this book.

  11. 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 :)

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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”.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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).

  20. 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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