This morning I went to a “superfan” event with Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project. It was great to be invited as I’ve hand-sold more copies of this book than a full-time employee at a book-shop! I want the world to read its positive messages about Asperger’s and so have recommended it to a wide-range of people. Those within the autism community have been especially grateful to be introduced to The Rosie Project as it is the first entertaining book on the subject. It manages to treat the condition with respect, whilst promoting tolerance and hope.
I thought I knew a lot about the book, but Graeme Simsion entertained us with many new snippets of information. Here are the top ten things I learnt about The Rosie Project:
- The book started life as a screen play set in America.
- In an early draft Rosie was a Hungarian physicist called Klara.
- Don is based on a man Graeme Simsion has known for 30+ years.
- Simsion was inspired to write the book after seeing how this friend cared for his wife when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
- Graeme Simsion did no research into Asperger’s before writing the book. Everything is based on his observations of those working in the IT industry.
- The title was chosen because in Australia the first syllable of “Rosie” rhymes with “project”.
- In the first draft of the book Gene was Rosie’s father.
- The cocktail scene is based on a real event, one in which Simsion met his wife.
- Graeme Simsion has just finished the sequel. It is about what happens when Rosie discovers that she’s pregnant.
- Simsion is currently writing a book with his wife. It is a romantic comedy in which she is writing chapters from a female perspective and him the male.
I highly recommend going to see Graeme Simsion talk – he is entertaining, intelligent and full of interesting information. He is currently touring the UK – you can find details of where he’ll be here.