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Mark Haddon's bestselling and multi-award-winning debut novel - one of the most talked-about books of the last decade.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands maths. He understands science. What he can't understand are other human beings.

When he finds his neighbour's dog, Wellington, lying dead on the lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery about it. But in doing so, he uncovers other mysteries that threaten to bring his whole world crashing down around him.

Reviews

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

Carol Ann Duffy, Daily Telegraph

The clash between Christopher's view of the world and the way it looks to the rest of us makes this an extraordinarily moving, often blackly funny read. It is hard to think of anyone who would not be moved and delighted by this book, so the decision to publish it simultaneously for older children and adults is certainly well-founded

Jill Slotover, Financial Times

Brilliantly inventive, full of dazzling set-pieces, unbearably sad, yet also skilfully dodging any encounters with sentimentality, this isn't simply the most original novel I've read in years . . . It's also one of the best

The Times

A stroke of genius, as the advantages of having a naive, literal-minded boy in the driving seat are manifold . . . We do learn what it might feel like to have Asperger's Syndrome

David Newnham, TES

The book gave me that rare, greedy feeling of: this is so good I want to read it all at once but I mustn't or it will be over too soon

Kate Kellaway, Observer

It's pretty much flawless . . . Haddon stays compassionate to all his characters, but not once does his story descend into treacly pathos or easy tears. This is a high ambition fully achieved

Catherine Shoard, Evening Standard

Supremely well-written, funny and oddly affecting

Daily Telegraph

Exceptional by any standards . . . When we look at the world through Christopher's eyes we see it more clearly and understand ourselves better. What more could you want of a book?

The Sunday Telegraph

Exceptional by any standards. Haddon sticks rigidly to the limits imposed by autism without sacrificing literary viability. When we look at the world through Christopher's eyes we see it more clearly and understand ourselves better. What more could you want of a book?

Dinah Hall, Sunday Telegraph

Mark Haddon has produced a well-executed, unusual mystery.

GQ

astonishing and provocative

Belinda Hollyer, Saga

an unexpected gem and quite possibly the best novel of the year

Northern Echo

Outstanding and moving

The Irish Times

The most amazing book . . . The author handled the character wonderfully.

Young Writer

heartwarming

The Irish Times

A heart-warming story about a boy struggling to communicate with the world

The Good Book Guide

An intriguing, enlightening,and totally compelling read with surely the most unlikely hero in young people's literature

Rosalind Kerven, Northern Echo

Laugh-out-loud funny

TimeOut

...original, kind, disturbing and profoundly moving.

The Guardian

A stroke of genius, as the advantages of having a naive, literal-minded boy in the driving seat are manifold...we do learn what it might fe el like to have Asperger's Syndrome.

David Newnham, T.E.S.

A truly original work of fiction . . .a unique tale

York Evening Press

excellent

Claire Allfree, Metro Midlands

A wonderful first person narrative of a boy with Asperger;s Syndrome; funny, sad and extraordinarily original

Philip Ardagh, The Guardian

The highlight of the year

John Malam, Manchester Evening News

This is the magazine of the National Autistic Society: the review is written by someone with Asperger's Syndrome. "This book is a good murder mystery story but a better description of how th mind of a different person with some kind of special need looks upon how things work and come about.

Communication

This startlingly original story . . . Has surprised everyone-not least the author.The book is funny, gripping, sad and unstintingly entertaining.

The Age

So if you're interested in solving mysteries and want to learn about autism in children, you'll love this book

Carlisle News and Star

A triumph from first page to last . . . Haddon's prose is empathetic and you cannot help but be drawn into young Christpher's world

Dundee Evening Telegraph and Post

This is a unique book written from the perspective of a unique character . . . It is very easy to read and would satisfy anyone from eight to 88

The Teacher

I found this book highly entertaining and enthralling though it was a bit sad at times.

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781849921596

    November 27, 2017

    David Fickling Books

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  • Paperback

    9781782953463

    March 3, 2014

    Red Fox

    288 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099572831

    August 15, 2012

    Vintage Children's Classics

    304 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099450252

    April 15, 2004

    Vintage

    288 pages

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  • EBook

    9781409086048

    May 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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  • Audio Book

    9781856867887

    July 1, 2003

    Audiobooks

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