BT011. The assumption of optimism

BT011. The assumption of optimism

Guest: Graeme Simsion | Host: Kat Mayo | Audio producer: Rudi Bremer | Recorded: 22/8/2015 RWA

I remember the first time I heard of The Rosie Project. I read the blurb and thought, Wow! It sounds a lot like a romance book. The book has done phenomenally well, both locally and overseas, so I couldn’t pass up a chance to interview author Graeme Simsion.

To give you some context, Graeme is familiar with my preoccupation with whether or not his book belongs in the romance genre (I touch on this in my review). What I find refreshing about this discussion (and other discussions we’ve had on Twitter about this issue) is that Graeme actually knows a bit about the romance genre and doesn’t treat it with disdain. It’s a funny thing, because when I ask romance readers and authors, most of them tell me that they classify the book as genre romance. (Whereas I don’t.)

A quick follow-up note: Since this interview was recorded, it’s been reported that Jennifer Lawrence has dropped out of the Rosie Project film (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Guests

Graeme Simsion — Bestselling romantic comedy author: @GraemeSimsion

Books

  • BT | Amz | Aud — The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion — Kat’s review
  • BT | Amz | Aud — The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
  • BT | Amz | Aud — Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • BT | Amz | Aud — Addition by Toni Jordan — Kat’s review
  • BT | Amz | Aud — The World According to Garp by John Irving

Authors

Helen Fielding, Toni Jordan, Nick Hornby, Hannah Kent, Anna Cowan

TV/Film

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