Happy New Year to all our Readers! We very much hope that you enjoyed the Christmas break and were able to relax a little, we needed to after a very hectic end to last term!
Our Reading Group is starting this year with Graeme Simsion’s highly acclaimed book, The Rosie Project. We haven’t had our meeting to discuss the book yet, but I’m already receiving feedback and everyone I’ve spoken with, loved it and couldn’t put it down! It’s certainly a great book for cheering up our wet and dark January days. I finished this book today and can concur with the opinions of my colleagues and I felt the need to share it with you!
Professor Don Tillman is a professor of genetics at a university in Melbourne who, as he approaches the age of forty, decides that he would like to be married. He establishes the Wife Project which is overseen by his best friend Gene (professor of psychology, formerly genetics, at the same university) and Gene’s wife, Claudia, also a psychologist. Don displays aspects of Aspergers Syndrome, living his life by following a set of strict rules and timings and his Wife Project questionnaire is tailored to find exactly the perfect wife who would share his interests and values. Fate intervenes and throws Rosie in his path. Rosie is a young woman so completely different from what Don expects, could she be the one to turn his head in the end? Rosie is searching for her real father and has come to see Don to seek his help, this being his field of expertise… She knows nothing of the Wife Project. Don tells his tale in his own inimitable style and gets into some incredible scrapes at work and in pursuit of Rosie’s father.
Graeme Simsion talked about his debut novel in an interview with Mark Lawson on his BBC Radio4 programme Front Row : ‘I am not a psychologist, I didn’t go and read lots of books on Aspergers… People say how much research did you do into Aspergers and I say thirty years in Information Technology!’ I would heartily recommend this book to lighten the winter blues and, for all women out there who think they might match up to Don’s requirements, why not complete the questionnaire in the back of the book? You may be surprised by the results! You can also enjoy some of the cocktails he learnt to make on his journey to find love.