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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watch: Bill Gates includes The Rosie Project in his annual summer reading list

American billionaire and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has included an Australian novel by a debut author in his annual list of six books for summer reading.

Reading on the beach seems a billion dollars away in chilly Sydney but in the summery northern hemisphere, sales of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion are expected to turn white hot after the Gates' recommendation.

Here's what Gates had to say about The Rosie Project on his blog, gatesnotes.com:

'The Rosie Project: A Novel, by Graeme Simsion. Melinda picked up this novel earlier this year, and she loved it so much that she kept stopping to read passages to me. I started it myself at 11 p.m. one Saturday and stayed up with it until 3 the next morning. Anyone who occasionally gets overly logical will identify with the hero, a genetics professor with Asperger’s Syndrome who goes looking for a wife. (Melinda thought I would appreciate the parts where he’s a little too obsessed with optimizing his schedule. She was right.) It’s a funny and profound book about being comfortable with who you are and what you’re good at. I’m sending copies to several friends and hope to re-read it later this year. It is one of the most enjoyable novels I’ve read in a long time.'
Gates says The Rosie Project is the only book on his list of six that qualifies as a 'typical beach read' but that 'all six are deeply informative and beautifully written.

The complete list is Business Adventures by John Brooks, Stress Test by Timothy F Giethner, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion,The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, and Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System by Ezekiel J. Emanuel.

Here's how Bill Gates reviews each book:

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