Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year 'Outstanding...a stunningly good read' Observer 'Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement... Wise and bleakly funny' Ian McEwan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it.
A beautiful new Vintage Classics edition to celebrate the 15th anniversary, and 10 million copies sold worldwide, of this wise, blackly funny, radically imaginative novel`A superb achievement. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream.
Combines bittersweet love-lyrics, lucid and bold versions of Horace, comic set-pieces, lullabies, wry postmodern shenanigans (including a note from the official board of censors on "18" certificate poetry), and an entire John Buchan novel condensed to five pages.
Leading up to the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, the excitement of this momentous event is captured through the eyes of a child in this glorious picture book, reformatted with a new cover design. Mark Haddon is the prize-winning, highly-acclaimed author of the best-selling novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time'.
At 57, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried to Ray. Her family is not pleased. Her mother, Jean, is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned. Then George discovers a lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.
Full title: 'The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea'. In Mark Haddon's first book of poetry, his immense talent for storytelling and his unbridled imagination combine to produce a collection that is at once bold, heartwarming, bittersweet and immensely accessible.
From the moment that Jim and his best friend Charlie overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know there's an adventure on its way. Bur What does 'spudvetch' mean? Perhaps Kidd and Pearce are bank robbers talking in code, or spies, or aliens. Whatever they are, Jimbo and Charlie are determined to find out.
''He writes with the craft of Julian Barnes or, even, Truman Capote.'' The Times A Spectator Book of the Year An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been longlisted for prizes), second that his imagination is even darker than we had thought.