The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

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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.

'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

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year

**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 250g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099450259
  • 9780099450252
  • 17,854

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Foreign rights have been sold to the UK, Italy, France, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Japan, Greece, Finland, Denmark, Holland and Brazil.
Film rights have been bought by Hey Day (the makers of "Harry Potter) together with Brad Grey (producer of "The Sopranos) and Brad Pitt in their first acquisition for Warner Bros.
Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour's dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.
Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents' marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher's mind.
And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon's choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut inyears: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read. "From the Hardcover edition.
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Paperback treatment for one of the most talked-about books of 2003. Haddon's stunning tale - a crossover for both the adult's and children's markets - is written from the viewpoint of a 15-year old Asperger's sufferer and transcends the usual crime mysteries by cleverly playing on the minutiae which occupy such a large part of the narrator's life. Film rights have been sold to Warner Bros. "Exceptional by any standards ... Both funny and deeply moving" "Sunday Telegraph"
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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' *
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About Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is a writer and artist. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. In 2012, a stage adaptation by Simon Stephens was produced by the National Theatre and went on to win 7 Olivier Awards in 2013 and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. In 2005 his poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador, and his play, Polar Bears, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse in 2010. His most recent novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. The Pier Falls, a collection of short stories, was also published by Cape in 2016. To commemorate the centenary of the Hogarth Press he wrote and illustrated a short story that appeared alongside Virginia Woolf's first story for the press in Two Stories (Hogarth, 2017).
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