Mark Haddon

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

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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