6 Degrees of Separation: The Rosie Project

Greetings, bookworms and welcome back to Six Degrees of Separation, a monthly meme in which myself and fellow author Emma Chapman invite you to link six books in a chain, according to whatever connections spring to mind.  This month’s chain begins with Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, a sweet and very funny rom-com which poses the question: is a questionnaire the best way to find true love?

One of my favourite scenes in The Rosie Project is the one in which our protagonist, Professor Don Tillman, dazzles the punters at a party by using his photographic memory to recall a series of insanely long and complicated orders for cocktails.

Another character with a photographic memory is 11 year old Quinn, reluctant hero of the first book in AL Tait’s fantasy adventure series The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World, which I’ve been reading with my eight-year-old son.

Race to the End of the World is set onboard a ship, and in a rather cliched connection, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick comes to mind. I studied Moby Dick for a unit on nineteenth century American literature in my second year at university. NB: By ‘studied’, I mean I wrote an essay and an exam paper on a book I had not read.

Another book I ‘studied’ at university was James Joyce Ulysses.  I’m sorry, but no! Staying with the university theme, I studied Ulysses in a unit on modernist literature, during which I read (yes, actually read, and loved) Virginia Woolf’s The Waves.

The Waves is the story of a group of friends over a lifetime, as is Peter Walker’s new novel Some Here Among Us, whose characters meet at university in New Zealand in the 1970s and are still friends in the present day.

Some Here Among Us has some of the best dialogue I have read in ages. Another writer who I think is a master of dialogue is Michael Chabon, particularly in his most recent novel Telegraph Avenue.

Rosie Project


Your turn: What books would you put in a chain which began with The Rosie Project? Share a link to your chain in the comments.


Next month: the 6 degrees chain will begin with Emma Healey’s novel Elizabeth is Missing.

21 thoughts on “6 Degrees of Separation: The Rosie Project

    1. Yes, it’s a little trickier when you’re just running on a description of the first book – but people always seem to find something.

  1. I had great fun with this one! I adore Rosie Project and I usually dislike books everyone else on the planet seems to be raving about!

    I’m sure it is much easier to ‘read’ novels for uni courses these days with the internet… There must be a compulsory quota of dry texts to include in each literature subject. I can’t remember any specific novels from my uni days but I know that one or two subjects did kill interest in short stories for a while…


  2. I don’t have a blog but I’m hoping I can still play. I hope I’ve done it right.

    The first connection is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon because the main characters (Don and Christopher) have unique ways of viewing and dealing with the world.

    The second connection is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein because who doesn’t love a book narrated by a dog?

    Number three is The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger as both stories contain tragic love stories.

    Fourth is Cross Stitch (AKA Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon because time travelling.

    Next up is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows as they both take place just after WW2 (in part in the case of Cross Stitch).

    Last but not least is 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff as both use the epistolary form.

      1. I haven’t seen the movie so I couldn’t say for sure, but as the book is written from the perspective of both Clare and Henry it’s likely you would gain some insight from the book that wasn’t apparent in the movie. Having said that, it can be difficult to read because it’s not really a linear book. I would still recommend it because I think it’s an interesting concept that is really well handled, plus I’m a sucker for an epic love story.

    1. Hi Rhian, you have the same first link as me! And I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society – made me want to travel to Guernsey after reading it.

    2. These are great links Rhian, thanks for playing! I need to read The Art of Racing in the Rain – it has been recommended to me by lots of people. I adore The Time Traveler’s Wife. And am a big fan of epistolary novels.

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