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About the Author

Author and screenwriter Mark Haddon was born in Northampton, U.K. in 1962. He received a B.A. in English from Merton College and a MSc in English Literature from Edinburgh University. Since 1996, he has worked on numerous television projects. He has won two BAFTAs and The Royal Television Society show more Best Children's Drama for Microsoap, which he created and wrote 12 out of 25 episodes. He also wrote the screenplay for the BBC television adaption of Fungus the Bogeyman. He has written fifteen children's books including the Agent Z series. In 1994, he was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize for The Real Porky Philips. He won the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year Award for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which provides a realistic insight into what it is like to have autism. He currently lives in Oxford with his family. He was runner-up for the BBC National Short Story Award with his title 'Bunny'. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Mark Haddon

A Spot of Bother (2006) 5,774 copies
The Red House (2012) 1,244 copies
Boom! (2010) 519 copies
The Porpoise (2019) 394 copies
The Sea of Tranquility (1996) 208 copies
Stop What You're Doing and Read This! (2011) — Editor — 158 copies
Ocean Star Express (2001) 53 copies
Agent Z Goes Wild (1994) 24 copies
Footprints on the Moon (2009) 23 copies
Two Stories (2017) 22 copies

Associated Works

Hornet Flight (2002) — some editions — 2,727 copies
Granta 119: Britain (2012) — Contributor — 110 copies
Ox-Tales: Fire (2009) — Contributor — 81 copies
Granta 152: Still Life (2020) — Contributor — 38 copies


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When young Christopher Boone finds a neighbour’s dog dead he decides to turn himself into a detective to solve this crime and also sets about writing a novel documenting his progress. Along the way Christopher reveals much about himself, his autism, and about his parents’ struggles in raising him. Christopher is a likeable and logical character and I found many of his matter-of-fact assessments about his life and people’s responses very poignant.

As a dog lover I found the dead dog and the solution to this mystery rather unpalatable but I did enjoy the exploration of Christopher and his life enjoyable.… (more)
mimbza | 1,335 other reviews | Jun 10, 2024 |
"The Pier Falls" was my first introduction to Mark Haddon. He is clearly a talented author -- deftly managing to capture tension and drama, and honing in on the complexities of human relationships. However, this collection provided a mixed experience for me.

The first, and title story, about the collapse of a pier in a seaside town is brilliant. I held my breath while listening to the audio. Haddon had transported me onto that pier and made me experience the terror right along with the characters in the vignette. "Bunny" about the relationship between an unloved and unlucky girl and her 500 lb. neighbor is so unlike anything I've ever read. "Breathe" will resonate with those faced with caring for an aging parent.

Unfortunately, the other stories didn't capture my interest. They contained moment of poignancy, but for me they felt too "stiff".

3 stars over all, but 5 stars for the three stories mentioned specifically.

Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review. While I received a galley of the book, I ended up listening to the audio version.
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jj24 | 16 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
A fascinating and poignant tale, told entirely from the point of view of an autistic boy.
JackieCraven | 1,335 other reviews | May 23, 2024 |
This was a difficult book to read, considering I have a high-functioning autistic brother in law. I didn't know him as a youth, but I hear stories and I deal with how his family deals with him. He's nothing at all like Christopher (anyone who thinks that Christopher is high functioning has a very skewed definition of high functioning) in that he can deal with things better though he'll never deal with some things in a normal way... But it really hit home with me for this reason.

I can't say I enjoyed being in Christopher's brain very much, either. It was a cramped place, that brain, with a rigid way of thinking that he cannot break free from. But it was a certainly unique perspective and for that Mark Haddon should be lauded. The voice and narrative are completely unique, and you think you're going to get one story but really, you're going to get another.

A good book. Sad, but good.
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crowsandprose | 1,335 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |


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