On the cusp of 50, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It's the lifestyle he wanted, but something's missing.
Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who'd abandoned law studies to pursue her acting dream. She gave Adam a chance to make it something more than an affair - but he didn't take it. And now he can't shake off his nostalgia for what might have been. Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously? How far will he go for a second chance?
Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and two nonfiction books. The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to over 40 countries. Sony Pictures has optioned the film rights, with Graeme contracted to write the script. The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014.
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So many songs, so many memories
The Best of Adam Sharp - Not a Bung Note In It
Readers of Graeme Simsion's latest book The Best of Adam Sharp may be surprised by the initial differences to the Rosie books, but they will not I think be disappointed. The Best of Adam Sharp is easily approached but is ultimately profound commentary on love from the male perspective, strongly plot driven with sex, food and wine for good measure.
To draw a parallel to the film Love Actually, which weaves the stories of several pairs of lovers, the Rosie books would be the Hugh Grant/Martine McCutcheon story; mismatched lovers, funny and slightly silly. Adam would be the Allan Rickman/Emma Thompson story; older, sadder but ultimately more insightful.
The construction of the book is effortless and self assured, keeping the listener engaged, taking them from 80s Australia to the present day UK and France.
Perhaps because of my own age, I was left with a profound sense of longing, nostalgia and ultimately contentment with my lot, which lingered well after the book had finished.
It was lovely to have the soothing tones of David Barker with his Mancunian accent narrating the book and putting us in the the head of Adam Sharp.
Sad Songs Say So Much