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Techie Turned Writer: Graeme Simsion

December 19, 2017

Graeme SimsionBorn: in Auckland, New Zealand.

Fondest Childhood Memory: Walking on freshly cut grass.

Best known for: Author of The Rosie Project. He also once gave a conference presentation dressed as a duck.

How many books published: Four novels and counting.

 Most Recent Book: Interesting book called Two Steps Forward. Simsion co-authored the book with his wife Anne Buist, telling the story of two individuals in alternating chapters who are walking the Camino de Santiago for very different reasons. You can read our full review here.

How he became a writer: Before writing fiction, Simsion was a successful voice in data modelling, and he wrote popular technical books on the subject. He wrote The Rosie Project as a screenplay but eventually turned it into a novel, which won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript in 2012.

Quotable quotes: ‘But why, why, why can’t people just say what they mean?’ – From The Rosie Project.

Interests: Wine and song.

Did you know? Graeme announced on Better Reading’s Friday Night-In that he is working on the third book in The Rosie Project series. The working title is The Hudson Project, and it tells the story of Don Tillman raising his son, who is also on the spectrum.

Favourite Book/Favourite Author from 2017: I can’t nominate my own? Then The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (to be published early 2018).

One thing Graeme loves: Reviews that ‘get’ his books.

One thing Graeme hates: Reviews centred on the ‘likeability’ of characters.


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