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A brilliant collection of conversations and essays about writers and writing.
Another wide-ranging volume of essays from the prose master
'Wondrous - brilliantly inventive, full of dazzling set pieces. Not simply the most original novel I've read in years - it's also one of the best' The Times
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Published: 01 April 2004
Genre: Classic fiction
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.
In telling a painful story in the voice of a 15-year-old boy with Asperger's, Haddon broadens ordinary minds and helps to understand how they work, too.
'Haddon's book is a peculiar thing - a kind of James Joyce for kids - but a genre-busting gem, nevertheless'
I'm all for hearing different voices in fiction and I got my wish with this book. The story showed just how someone with Asperger's might view the world. Christopher finds a dead dog and sets about trying to find the dog's killer, but the book is much more than a mystery story... I loved the way Christopher tries to bring order to his world by using Maths which he finds far easier to understand than people
Malorie Blackman, Books for Keeps
The clash between Christopher's view of the world and the way it looks to the rest of us makes this an extraordinarily moving, often blackly funny read. It is hard to think of anyone who would not be moved and delighted by this book, so the decision to publish it simultaneously for older children and adults is certainly well-founded
A wonderful first person narrative of a boy with Asperger's Syndrome; funny, sad and extraordinarily original
So genuine...It is chillingly heartbreaking and passionately positive in equal measure
Julia Eccleshare, Books for Keeps
A magical book. It's one of those books that makes you feel as though you have been on an emotional rollercoaster.
Carrie Grant, Sunday Express
'Engaging, warm, humorous and poignant at the same time'
Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy
'This book is amazing . . . A must read'
Martina Evans, Irish Post
The clash between Christopher's view of the world and the way it looks to the rest of us makes this an extraordinarily moving, often blackly funny read. It is hard to think of anyone who would not be moved and delighted by this book, so the decision to publish it simultaneously for older children and adults is certainly well-founded.
I have never read anything quite like Mark Haddon's funny and agonizingly honest book, or encountered a narrator more vivid and memorable. I advise you to buy two copies; you won't want to lend yours out
Arthur Golden, author of 'Memoirs of a Geisha'
'Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy' Ian McEwan
Original, moving and entertaining for adults as well as for older children
Julia Donaldson, Daily Express
'I have never read anything quite like Mark Haddon's funny and agonizingly honest book, or encountered a narrator more vivid and memorable. I advise you to buy two copies; you won't want to lend yours out.' Arthur Golden , author of Memoirs of a Geisha
So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!
National Association for the Teaching of English
A delightful and brilliant book. Very moving, very plausible and very funny
Brilliantly empathetic. Believe the hype: a brilliant, heart-warming book
A remarkable book. An impressive achievement and a rewarding read
Outstanding. Heartening as well as richly entertaining. A stunningly good read
Superbly realised. A funny as well as a sad book. Brilliant
A beautifully written book. Haddon is to be congratulated for imagining a new kind of hero, for the humbling instruction this warm and often funny novel offers and for showing that the best lives are lived where difference is cherished
To get an idea of what The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is like, think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye and one of Oliver Sacks's real-life stories
New York Times
Exceptional by any standards. Both funny and deeply moving
If you have not read this book yet, why not? Where have you been? I strongly recommend that you do, it is a classic. It is a story from the perspective of a teenage boy with asperger's. It is a funny, well-observed, poignant book that will make you want to chuckle and cry all at the same time (in a good way!). It is one of those books you won’t be able to put down and then feel sad when you finish it.
This book is quite frankly amazing. It's funny, touching and poignant. A book that tells the tale of a young teenage boy with asperger's, and gives you an insight into their mind. If you haven't read this book, you must! Each time you pick it up, you will smile, knowing that something will happen, and you will not want to put it down. And once you are nearing the end and have finished, you will be sad, as you didn't want it to end.
This book is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It tells the story of Christopher, a teenage boy with asperger's, and delves beautifully, faithfully and frankly into how he interprets and understands the world around him. When a neighbours dog is found dead, Christopher's world is flipped upside down - and he begins a huge journey. Very well written and very poignant (especially Christopher's relationship with his absent mother) this is a book for anyone - kids, teens, adults alike.
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Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was published ...