The multiple award-winning phenomenal bestseller from Mark Haddon - the story of Christopher, the boy whose mission to solve a dog-murder mystery leads him to uncover some shocking hidden truths
Discover this wise, blackly funny, radically imaginative novel that has sold over 10 million copies worldwide
'A superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy' Ian McEwan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Atonement
It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. Its eyes were closed. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead.
This is Christopher's 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.
**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
“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.”
“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”
“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
“A delightful and brilliant book. Very moving, very plausible and very funny”
“Brilliantly empathetic. Believe the hype: a brilliant, heart-warming book”
“A remarkable book. An impressive achievement and a rewarding read”
“Outstanding. Heartening as well as richly entertaining. A stunningly good read”
“Superbly realised. A funny as well as a sad book. Brilliant”
“A beautifully written book. Haddon is to be congratulated for imagining a new kind of hero, for the humbling instruction this warm and often funny novel offers and for showing that the best lives are lived where difference is cherished”
“To get an idea of what The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is like, think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye and one of Oliver Sacks's real-life stories”
New York Times
“Exceptional by any standards. Both funny and deeply moving”