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The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

Compulsively Readable And Highly Entertaining

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

The story of Don, forty year old autistic academic, who embarks on a systematic search for a life-partner, The Rosie Project is a compulsively readable and highly entertaining alternative romantic comedy .

Don makes perfectly rational but consistently socially inept decisions as he struggles with his project and with the conventions that the rest of us take for granted. Frequently he's obliged to turn for advice to his philandering colleague Gene, whom Don believes to be an expert in social interaction, but whose glib suggestions only add to Don's confusion. Finally, he begins to see through Gene and at the same time he discovers what it means to fall in love.

Driven by a cleverly constructed plot full of twists and turns, and narrated in a voice that is consistently appealing, The Rosie Project is one of the most enjoyable books I've read for ages. I started getting withdrawal symptoms thirty seconds after reaching the end.