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  • Published: 15 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099572831
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $16.99

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The story of Christopher, the boy whose mission to solve a dog-murder mystery leads him to uncover some shocking hidden truths

'Lots of things are mysteries. But that doesn't mean there isn't an answer to them'

This is Christopher's murder mystery story. There are also no lies in this story because Christopher can't tell lies. Christopher does not like strangers or the colours yellow or brown or being touched. On the other hand, he knows all the countries in the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7507. When Christopher decides to find out who killed the neighbour's dog, his mystery story becomes more complicated than he could have ever predicted.

BACKSTORY: Meet the author and learn about the background to Christopher's story.

  • Published: 15 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099572831
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $16.99

About the author

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

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

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

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'

Original, moving and entertaining for adults as well as for older children

Julia Donaldson, Daily Express

Brilliantly empathetic. Believe the hype: a brilliant, heart-warming book


A remarkable book. An impressive achievement and a rewarding read

Time Out

Outstanding. Heartening as well as richly entertaining. A stunningly good read


Superbly realised. A funny as well as a sad book. Brilliant


Exceptional by any standards. Both funny and deeply moving

Sunday Telegraph

A deservedly acclaimed read.

Time Out London

Wondrous...brilliantly inventive...dazzling. Not simply the most original novel I've read in years - it's also one of the best

The Times

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