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

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A 2011 World Book Night selection.

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year 2003.

It is a dead dog that sets off the chain reaction that leads Christopher Boone to find out the truth about his mother’s disappearance. But this is no usual detective story. Christopher has Asperger's Syndrome: he can recall numbers, will feel safe for a day when he sees three or four or five red cars in a row and he finds emotions near-impossible to unravel. But a dead dog presents the need to understand some complex emotions especially as it also propels Christopher into looking more carefully into his own family and their relationships. Mark Haddon's telling of Christopher's unpredictable response to them is original, kind, disturbing and profoundly moving.

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Synopsis

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

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.


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Wondrous...brilliantly inventive...dazzling. Not simply the most original novel I've read in years - it's also one of the best * The Times * Exceptional by any standards. Both funny and deeply moving * Sunday Telegraph * Outstanding. Heartening as well as richly entertaining. A stunningly good read * Independent * Superbly realised. A funny as well as a sad book. Brilliant * Guardian * A remarkable book. An impressive achievement and a rewarding read * Time Out * 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 * Brilliantly empathetic. Believe the hype: a brilliant, heart-warming book * Scotsman * 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. * Daily Telegraph * 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 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' *


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 April 2004

Author

Mark Haddon

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of CCV

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099450252

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