Mark Haddon

Author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and 10+ Books

Mark Haddon
Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is a British novelist and poet, best known for his 2003 novel The Night-time Dog's Curious Incident. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied English. Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 2003 and the Commonwealth Writers Prize Overall Best First Book in 2004 for his novel The Dog's Curious Incident in the Night-time, a book written from a boy with Aspergers syndrome's perspective.... Haddons knowledge of Aspergers syndrome, a type of autism, is derived from his work as a young man with autistic people. Haddon claimed in an interview with Powells.com that this was the first book he deliberately wrote for an adult audience; he was surprised when his publisher suggested marketing it to both adult and child audiences. His second adult novel, A Spot of Bother, was released in September 2006. Mark Haddon is also known for his series of Agent Z books, one of which was transformed into a Children's BBC sitcom in 1996, Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars. He also wrote the screenplay for Raymond Briggss story Fungus the Bogeyman's BBC television adaptation, which was screened on BBC1 in 2004. He also wrote the 2007 BBC television drama Coming Down the Mountain. Haddon is a vegetarian who enjoys vegetarian cooking. He describes himself as an atheist with a hard line. In an interview with The Observer, Haddon said "I am an atheist in a very religious mould." His atheism could be inferred from the Night-time Dog's Curious Incident in which the main character declares that those who believe in God are stupid. Mark Haddon lives in Oxford with his wife Dr. Sos Eltis, a Brasenose College fellow, Oxford, and their two young sons.READ MORE

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Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.

Mother used to say it meant Christopher was a nice name because it was a story about being kind and helpful, but I do not want my name to mean a story about being kind and helpful. I want my name to mean me.

And then I thought that I had to be like Sherlock Holmes and I had to detach my mind at will to a remarkable degree so that I did not notice how much it was hurting inside my head.

And people who believe in God think God has put human beings on earth because they think human beings are the best animal, but human beings are just an animal and they will evolve into another animal, and that animal will be cleverer and it will put human beings into a zoo, like we put chimpanzees and gorillas into a zoo. Or human beings will all catch a disease and die out or they will make too much pollution and kill themselves, and then there will only be insects in the world and they will be the best animal.

And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery…and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.

... He had always rather liked emergencies. Other people's at any rate. They put your own problems into perspective. It was like being on a ferry. You didn't have to think about what you had to do or where you had to go for the next few hours. It was all laid out for you.

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