The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion


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Book Summary

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are now married and living in New York. Don has been teaching while Rosie completes her second year at Columbia Medical School. Just as Don is about to announce that Gene, his philandering best friend from Australia, is coming to stay, Rosie drops a bombshell: she’s pregnant.

In true Tillman style, Don instantly becomes an expert on all things obstetric. But in between immersing himself in a new research study on parenting and implementing the Standardised Meal System (pregnancy version), Don’s old weaknesses resurface. And while he strives to get the technicalities right, he gets the emotions all wrong, and risks losing Rosie when she needs him most.

The Rosie Effect continues the story of Don and Rosie, now married and living in New York. While I enjoyed ‘The Rosie Project’, I found ‘The Rosie Effect’ BRILLANT!

Don and Rosie are settling into their new life in New York when Don is thrown a curve ball, Rosie announces; “We’re pregnant”.

This is the beginning of a hilarious and delightful story; one which I am sure everyone will find hard to put down.

There are some familiar characters Gene, Don’s best friend and Dave the American who Don met on his trip to New York. All the characters both old and new fitted so well together. Their stories and the way they interacted with Don added those special elements that made this book so AMAZING.

Graeme Simsion’s writing style is very engrossing; you feel like you are actually part of Don’s story. I found it hard to believe Don was not a real person and that I wasn’t his friend sharing his ups and downs.

‘The Rosie Effect’ will make you laugh; be prepared for strange looks if you are reading on the bus or train. You will also hold your breath and hope against hope that Don will triumph.

It would be very hard not to like ‘The Rosie Effect’. Instead I feel people cannot help but be sucked into the vortex that is Don Tillman.

I can already tell that ‘The Rosie Effect’ will be very high up on my list of books that I loved this year.

5 stars






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ParraPods 3 – An evening with Rachael Johns

Parramatta City Library – Podcasts

Parramatta City Library was thrilled to host a wine & cheese night with Rachael Johns, bestselling Australian rural romance writer.


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Paying Guests by Sarah Waters


The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Book Summary

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a gentell Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as improvished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.


Sarah Waters novels are always eagerly anticipated by her many fans and  “Paying Guests” doesn’t disappoint.  All the familiar elements are there, a fastidious re-creation of  English  society  and the value of times and  an impeccable rendering of the historical period, in this case 1920’s London.  Add to that the usual twists and turns of the plot, where nothing is as it seems.  The main characters are France Wray and her mother, who are of the genteel class, but have fallen upon hard times as the saying goes.  They take in “paying guests” or lodgers from the new Clerk class, a young couple named Lillian and Leonard Barlow.  This signals the beginning of a friendship between the spinsterish Frances who is only 26 years old and the slightly  younger  but glamorous Lillian.

The  marriage of Lillian & Leonard seems  loving one minute and ambivalent the next , and then  a brutal murder occurs in the salubrious suburb of Camberwell.   It turns out that Leonard has been hiding something and Lillian has her own secrets, meanwhile the smitten Frances becomes embroiled in this web of deceit.  The Police start investigating the murder and it becomes a game of cat and mouse.  The tension is palpable and Waters cleverly manipulates the plot,  so that the story becomes a page turner that grips the reader to the end.


Reviewed by: Katherine

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 shortlist


The 2014 shortlist is out!


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The Narrow road to the deep North by Richard Flanagan

J by Howard Jacobson

The lives of others by Neek Mukherjee

To rise again at a decent hour by Joshua Ferris

How to be both by Ali Smith

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


The winner will be announced on Tuesday 14th October 2014.


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NEW Hercule Poirot Book – The Monogram Murders!

9780007547425Today marks the launch of the brand NEW Hercule Poirot book by Sophie Hannah. Written with the full backing of Christie’s family, and featuring the most iconic detective of all time, this new novel is a
major event for mystery lovers the world over. Continue reading