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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

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Audiobook of the Year, Best Production and Best Children's 6 and Over 2003 Spoken Word Awards.

The 40 Best Audio books comment: Christopher Boone is a fifteen-year-old mathematical genius. Ask him the square root of a multidigital fraction and he will give it to you, but ask him to do something simple like get on a bus and he can't. Christopher has a form of autism called Asperger Syndrome. He hates yellow; he won't leave the house till he has counted seven successive red cars through the window; he can't relate to other kids, and he really misses his mum. And then one morning he finds his dog dead in the garden and his entire world changes. Beautifully written and stunningly read, this is a story to wring the hardest heart.

Read by: Ben Tibber
Audio Length: 6 hours and 3 min.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

'The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. 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. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog.'

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, a form of autism. 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 a brilliant creation, and Mark Haddon's depiction of his world is deeply moving, very funny and utterly convincing.


'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time is an extraordinary novel about a boy with asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism. Like Dustin Hoffman's in Rain Man, the narrator is a simpleton who actually has deeper insights than the rest of us. Beautifully read by a young actor called Ben Tibber in a precise but affecting voice, this is the oddest, most poignant audio book you'll find this year.' Georgia Metcalfe, The Daily Mail

About the Author

Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screen-writer who has written fifteen books for children and won numerous prizes, including two BAFTAs. He lives in Oxford. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the South Bank Show Book Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea was published in 2005. His most recent adult novel, A Spot of Bother, was published in 2006. David Fickling Books is publishing BOOM! in autumn of 2009, a rewrite of his children's book, Gridzbi Spudvetch.

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Publication date

1st May 2003


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Arrow Books Ltd


Running Time: 361 minutes


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