In Australia, Graeme’s publicist is:
Jane Novak
Publicity Manager
Text Publishing
Swann House
22 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: 03 8610 4510
Fx: 03 9629 8621

For publicity inquiries about the Rosie Project in other countries:

In the US:
Sarah Reidy
Senior Publicity Manager
Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
Tel: 212-698-7008

In the UK:
Clare Parker
Penguin UK
80 Strand, London

In Canada:
Julia Barrett
Harper Collins

For Italy:
Valentina Fortichiari

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  1. Thank you so much for your book. 15 years ago I was the Rosie project. My “Don” was a 50 year old engineer with undiagnosed Aspergers and no previous experience of women. He was sweet, funny, vulnerable, very clever, good company and I loved him. Our “courtship” followed such a similar pattern of missed opportunities and misinterpreted social cues as Rosie’s and Don’s I nearly wept.
    I am a speech language therapist and have worked in a team diagnosing autistic spectrum disorders and I knew he had Aspergers, but I never understood the depth of inner turmoil he was facing adapting to this much desired new territory of a relationship. I discovered after he died he had visited a psychiatrist to ask if he had Aspergers and been told no. I suspect this professional lacked sufficient experience in this area of work, and I wondered if there may have been a different outcome if my Don had had his growing suspicions confirmed, helping him understand why he was different. The following week he didn’t turn up for church or work, and his friends and colleagues instantly recognised uncharacteristic behaviour. A lady walking her dog in the woods found him hanging from a tree.
    Reading your book raised many buried emotions, but I loved your story, the characters and the humour. Through your characters I felt I have now had the conversations with my Don that we never had, and in the end I felt a great sense of peace. Thank you.

    • Thank you for sharing your story with me. I’ve heard many stories of undiagnosed (and diagnosed) Asperger’s from readers who have written and attended events, a few of which have had a similar tragic outcome to yours. We lost a member of our extended family (the son of my wife’s cousin) just a year or so ago to suicide: he also had Asperger’s and a number of complicating issues. When I wrote The Rosie Project, I was very concerned that it might cause pain to people in your situation: I’m reassured that in your case it had a positive effect, and I thank you again for letting me know.

      Kind regards

  2. I have just finished devouring The Rosie Effect. I enjoyed it as much as I did The Rosie Project which was lent to me by a friend last year. A terrific read. I have to be pedantic though, and point out that in chapter 28, page 305 of the Canadian paperback edition, there is an error. On page 304 Lydia pours herself and Don each a coffee, yet on page 305 it reads, “Lydia finished her wine and stood up.” That aside, I could not put this book down and will miss the characters as I move on to another novel.

  3. Dear Graeme, thank you for your beautiful book. I have 2 kids with autism and my daughter, 23 years of age, is also diagnosed with Asperger. I recognize so many things. The combination of dry facts and situations makes it lovely and brings out a smile. I am looking forward to the film.

    • Thanks. I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it again: I really appreciate feedback from the autism / Asperger’s community. The overwhelming majority of it has been positive. I hope, in case where people don’t like the portrayal, it serves as a starting point for discussion rather than causing any distress. I’m looking forward to the film too!

  4. Dear Graeme,
    I just finished The Rosie Project and am so glad that I have a copy of The Rosie Effect as I will be starting that as soon as I post this message. I’m a retired US Air Force lieutenant colonel, Vietnam era pilot. As a result of my combat experiences, I’m also a 100% dsabled Vet and reading is a very big part of my life. I first read of the Rosie Project in The Week magazine, and after the first 20 pages, I immediately ordered the sequel from Amazon. I had to take time out from reading The Rosie Project to eat, sleep, and one or two other “necessities”, but other that those interruptions, I couldn’t put the book down. What an amazingly wonderful read, and I dare say, your first novel has sky rocketed you into the upper echelon of novelists!! Thank you so much for Don, and Rosie, Gene & Claudia, and other members of the “Tillman Group” yet to be read or written about!! Oh, and if Sony is smart enough to make The Rosie Project (and perhaps Effect as well!!) into a movie, my vote for the actor to play Don is Benedict Cumberbatch! He was magnificent in The Imitation Game and just seems to be a “natural” Don!!
    Best regards, and again, congratulations–
    Phil Litts
    Lodi, CA

    • Thanks Phil for taking the trouble to write. It’s sometimes a battle to get men to read novels that are about ‘relationships’ – even though we make up half of most such relationships! Mr Cumberbatch is a popular choice but may feel he’s ‘done’ that one after both Holmes and Turing. We shall see what Sony decides. In the meantime, thanks again for your kind words, and I’m delighted to have been able to put something out there that gave some pleasure to a disabled vet.
      Best wishes

  5. Hi Graeme,

    what a clever clogs you are! Have just finished both of your Rosie books back to back, which I couldn’t put down (laughing on Melbourne trains, walking into poles because I couldn’t stop reading) they bought me so much joy! Thank you from the bottom of my creative heart, really excited about the film prospects of the books and already craving the next instalment of Don & Rosie adventures.

    As usual us Aussies will claim you as one of our own and am rapt that you’re here in Melbourne contributing to the incredible creative landscape that we live in!

    My world just got brighter – thanks Graeme!

    • Many thanks for writing – and being so generous in your comments. Always delighted to hear of non-dangerous transport-related incidents…

  6. Hello Mr. Simsion,

    I’ve enjoyed both The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect – gobbled them up in a couple of days, in fact. I was discussing how the Project is going to be made into a movie with a Goodreads group, and how critical the casting of Don would be to the film’s success. I’ve got a brilliant suggestion, and thought I’d share it with you. How about Lee Pace as Don? He’s got Gregory Peck’s tall, dark, and handsome good looks, he had a 1930’s kind of charisma in “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,” and he’s a talented and versatile actor. What do you think?

    Congratulations on your writing success.

  7. Graeme – thank you for your beautiful books about Don and Rosie. I bought them after attending your delightful lunchtime presentation at the Wheeler Centre recently. I’m a PhD in literature but had lost the simple joy of reading after a house flood in 2011 which led to loss of my book collection (and much stress besides). For the first time in three years I’ve been driving my husband crazy at night with the words ‘just have to finish this chapter’ (before turning out the light). Finished the Rosie Effect today and so grateful to you for the pleasure both books have given me. You’ve also reminded me of the power of laughter. Thank you.

  8. Hello, Graeme.

    First of all, thanks for the great book.

    Second, and I think I speak on behalf of every reader: what on Earth is a Double-coddled Kurdistani Sailmaker? I for one was excited when I reached the end of the book and there was a cocktail recipe page, only to be disappointed there wasn’t one for the aforementioned drink. I would love to know what inspired you to come up with that wondrous name.

    Best regards,
    A curious Kurd.

  9. Thank you very much for the Rosie project! It was an excellent read. For those who just want to lough as well as for those who understand the numerous levels of underlying subtleties.

    I would like to recommend it to a number of Russian, Hungarian (and other languages) speaking friends. Please let me know if there is a web site for me to find out in what languages it is available.

    And looking forward to the sequel and the movie version and theatre play… :)

    Thank you!!!

  10. I have to thank you for this book so much. A coworker recommended it to me as a fun read back in January; on January 27, my father collapsed in a parking lot and died of cardiac arrest. He was revived with CPR and brought to the hospital, where he spent two weeks unconscious in the ICU. I drove the 5 hours to be with him, and back, a few times that month. His doctors stressed to us that he might not survive, and if he did, he would likely not fully recover or be the same person we once knew. I downloaded the audio version of The Rosie Project. On the drives and while sitting with him, this book was exactly what I needed to add some levity. I needed to laugh, I needed to hear a good story about friendship and love, and I needed to think about something that wasn’t grim. I also loved the Australian accent of the narrator. Thank you for keeping me company. Dad, by the way, came through what he calls “the ordeal,” and is doing so well. He’s now back to running his book store!

  11. Hi. I loved this book and, after someone pointed out the similarities, kept seeing Don Tillman being played by the actor who plays “Sheldon” on the Big Bang Theory. I did find one typo that I wanted to point out for reprints — on page 177 of the hardback version, the last paragraph starts, “The gas station was open. so I …..” I believe the period between “open” and “so” should actually be a comma.

    Thank you and I look forward to reading your future works!

    • Thanks for pointing that out – the editors obviously missed it first time around in the US versioning (in Australian English it was ‘the service station’ – it’s been fixed for the paperback edition. The sequel The Rosie Effect will be published early next year, I believe, in the US. And you’re not the first to point out the similarity with Sheldon Cooper. I’ve never watched TBBT but I think we’re looking at some common attributes of Asperger’s which stand out to neurotypicals because they’re different. That said, I think there are plenty of differences in the two characters once you get past those similarities.

  12. Dear Graeme,
    We, our reading club, red your book Rosie with great pleasure and had fine discussion about it. The only think we couldn’t find out (with certainty) is: who is the father of Rosie?
    Would you be so kind to help us?

    Bernadet from Holland

    • Remember he tests the blood from the Phil’s Gym shirt and decides he doesn’t need to test any more. He has the solution. So Rosie’s father is Phil. Rosie’s mother thought it was not possible for two blue-eyed parents to have a brown-eyed child, but, as Don explains earlier, it is rare but not impossible. Rosie’s mother DID have a brief affair – with Geoffrey Case – and didn’t tell Rosie because she was too young (and Case had committed suicide) and didn’t tell Phil because Phil was a big footballer who might have taken action…

    • Yes, Phil is Rosie’s father. But my husband, when he read the book, right away thought it was him because of an inconsistency of character: Don being so particular, meticulous, rational, methodical, and a geneticist, should have, according to his character, been checking everybody’s DNA, including Phil first and foremost, before going to the tedious effort of checking a hundred graduates all over the world! The fact that mom didn’t think it was possible should have been temporarily put aside by Don’s scientific and very analytical mind and verified first. So surprised by that inconsistency in the story. Nobody seems to have noticed or been bothered by that obvious oops!
      Curious to find out Graham’s reasoning behind that choice of plot…
      Don’t get me wrong, my husband and I devoured the books, both of them in 2 days. What a creative treat they are!
      A second question I have is about The Rosie Effect. I noticed another inconsistency. On page 304, Lydia asks: “Do you want a coffee?” Down the page: “Lydia sipped her coffee, and I did likewise.” On page 305, “Lydia finished her wine and stood up.” What?? Is this intended as a joke? I reread these pages over and over to make sure I didn’t miss anything, but it appears that Lydia and Don are drinking coffee all along until she gets up and she now has wine…. Hmmm! Before The Rosie Effect gets translated in 35 languages like The Rosie Project did, please get the editors to attend to this… Why am I the only one noticing this again? My husband and I are just regular folks, not editors, not specially brainy people, just people who pay attention and are aware when they read… Anyway, heads up on pages 304-305, let me know if there is something I missed there…. Curious!

    • A veritable flood of people noticing the coffee / wine problem! I did too, before publication, but it snuck into the UK and Canadian editions. I’m encouraged that it’s the only thing that’s been spotted… (There was another, but I’m not telling…). My position re Phil’s DNA is that Don assumed that Rosie’s mother, being a doctor ‘n all, would have done a DNA test to confirm her suspicions on such an important matter. He’s not great at remembering that other people (doctors!) aren’t as scientific as he is.

  13. Thank you from a participant for your Sept 8th workshop ‘Short Fiction’ at Brisbane Writers Festival. Your presentation was enormously generous and you have both widened my horizons and helped me to focus on the skills I need to develop for my writing.
    I have also appreciated this blog. I watched your YouTube ‘Prisoners Dilemma’ with interest because in my speculative fiction novel ‘The Grass Is Always Browner’, Zeus, 2011, my climax has a two-play of the Prisoners’ Dilemma which tests the practical reality of the Ogden Nash multi-play strategy.

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