Gala Night of Storytelling 2016: The Book that Changed Me: Graeme Simsion
At the 2016 Gala Night of Storytelling, Graeme Simsion – author of The Rosie Project, The Rosie Effect, and the forthcoming The Best of Adam Sharp – shares the story of the book that changed his life: Joe Queenan’s The Unkindest Cut.
I’ve read a lot of books. Books have educated me, they’ve inspired me, I’ve written a couple of them … but the book that changed my life, that plucked a 42-year-old business manager running an information technology consultancy who had never written a word of fiction except under duress at school, and catapulted me to where I am standing, gobsmacked beyond my wildest dreams … that book was Joe Queenan’s The Unkindest Cut: How a Hatchet-Man Critic Made His Own $7000 Movie and Put It All On His Credit Card. I finished reading this book, I turned to my wife, and I had a Homer Simpson/Fred Flintstone sort of moment and I said, “We’ve got to do this! We’ve gotta make our own movie!” And she said, “What do you mean? This guy spent almost $50,000, almost destroyed his marriage, and the film was a turkey – what are you thinking?”
Graeme Simsion is a Melbourne-based novelist and screenwriter. The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect have combined global sales approaching five million copies.