Techie Turned Writer: Graeme Simsion

Techie Turned Writer: Graeme Simsion

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Rosie Project as a screenplay but eventually turned it into a novel, which won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript in 2012.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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                  Publisher details

                  The Best of Adam Sharp
                  Author
                  Graeme Simsion
                  Publisher
                  Text Publishing
                  Genre
                  Fiction
                  Released
                  19 September, 2016

                  Synopsis

                  Why we love it: We adored The Rosie Project, and Graeme Simsion’s new novel The Best of Adam Sharp is told in his unique writing style with eccentric characters you’ll love – and a playlist to guide you through.Adam Sharp has the comfortable life he wants. A stable (albeit boring) relationship with his partner Claire, a well-paid job in IT, and a weekly trivia night to look forward to each week – yet he doesn’t feel quite complete. While reading about Pete Best (the Beatles’ forgotten drummer), an email pops up, a simple message saying ‘Hi’ – from his long-lost love.Twenty-two years ago, Adam was working on a contract in Australia and playing piano part-time in a bar. Little did he know when a woman comes up to him, mascara running down her face, and requests a song, that a passionate affair with (married) Angelina Brown will begin. After six months together with his contract coming to an end, Angelina is torn between her husband and Adam, and gives him a choice – a choice he doesn’t take.In the present day, with Adam about to turn fifty, he is unable to shake off the nostalgia of what could have been. Did he choose wrong, all those years ago? When Angelina invites Adam to her holiday home in France for a week’s stay with Charlie (her second husband) and herself, Adam doesn’t refuse. How far will he go for a second chance? This is the kind of book that will make you reflect on marriage, life and love. Changing between the past and present flawlessly, we see two young lovers transition into middle-aged adults, both unhappy in some way with their current partners, and needing each other for self realization. There’s romance, but there’s also the harsh reality of making life choices that affect other people, and Simsion has us on the cusp of wishing for a happy ending while also wanting the right decision will be made.Graeme Simsion expresses the emotions of the characters and situations through a playlist specifically designed to be the book’s soundtrack. Adam Sharp is a piano player with a passion for music, and his song references allow us to see the love, pain, uncertainty and regret, as well as the progression of relationships beautifully and without words. It adds another layer to this quirky book and we get lost in the music – almost as much as we did in the story.Graeme Simsion is a Melbourne-based writer of short stories, plays and screenplays. The Rosie Project is his first novel. Starting out as a screenplay, it later won the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold in over thirty countries. He lives in Fitzroy Melbourne with his wife.Click here for an extract or click here to hear the playlist for yourself!Watch our live interview with Graeme below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzRY8VP-Sl8 
                  Graeme Simsion
                  About the author

                  Graeme Simsion

                  Graeme Simsion is a Melbourne-based writer of short stories, plays and screenplays. The Rosie Project is his first novel. Starting out as a screenplay, it later won the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold in over thirty countries.

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