Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project was a worldwide smash, selling more than a million countries in over 40 countries. Its protagonist Don Tillman checked all the right boxes for a romantic comedy leading man: attractive, steady job, intelligent. Well, all but one: Don has Aspeger’s syndrome.
The very quirks which led Don to being unsuccessful in love (until he meets the entirely unsuitable Rosie Jarman) are the very same which made readers fall in love with him. We fell for his standardised meal system, his use of aikido on unsuspecting security guards, but perhaps most of all, for the very big heart he hid beneath that disciplined exterior.
When The Rosie Project ended, we saw Don and Rosie have their happily ever after. Now they’re back in The Rosie Effect and a development which should make their family complete is instead threatening to drive them apart.
I spoke to Graeme about his much-anticipated follow-up.
The Rosie Effect is written by Graeme Simsion and published by Text.
Interview broadcast on ArtSound FM.
Interview air date: 4 October 2014.