Penguin imprint Michael Joseph has snapped up an Australian debut novel which they describe as a combination of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and One Day.
Sam Humphreys, publisher at Michael Joseph, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Australia, New Zealand and Canada, in The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion from Sarah Lutyens of Lutyens and Rubinstein on behalf of Michael Heyward at the Text Publishing Company in Melbourne.
They will publish the novel in Australia and New Zealand, while rights have also been sold in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Italy and Japan.
Humphreys said: "This is a book that everyone here absolutely adores. It tells the story of Don Tillman—a socially challenged geneticist who would like to get married, once he finds the perfect woman—and Rosie Jarman, who’s more interested in finding her biological father than true love."
She added: "It’s funny, sweet and clever, with the charm of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the romance of One Day . . . I firmly believe Rosie and Don will become a couple to rival Emma and Dexter."
Michael Joseph will publish in spring 2013.