The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon


Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year

‘Outstanding…a stunningly good read’ Observer

‘Mark Haddon’s portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement… Wise and bleakly funny’ Ian McEwan

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that takes readers on a unique journey into the mind of a young boy named Christopher Boone. Christopher sees the world differently, and his extraordinary perspective sheds light on the complexities of human emotions and relationships.

The story begins with the mysterious death of Wellington, a neighbor’s dog, which Christopher is determined to investigate. As he delves into the mystery, Christopher’s journey unravels a series of surprising and life-changing discoveries about his family, the truth behind Wellington’s death, and ultimately, about himself.

Narrated from Christopher’s point of view, the novel provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a person with autism spectrum disorder. Mark Haddon skillfully portrays Christopher’s distinctive way of thinking, capturing his logical thought process, his attention to detail, and his struggles with social interactions and sensory overload.

Through Christopher’s eyes, readers experience the world as a place of patterns, rules, and absolute truths. His quest for answers leads him to venture beyond his comfort zone, challenging societal norms and pushing the boundaries of his own capabilities. Along the way, Christopher encounters a range of characters who challenge and shape his understanding of the world.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” is a powerful exploration of empathy, acceptance, and the importance of understanding and embracing differences. It invites readers to reconsider their preconceived notions and fosters a deeper understanding of neurodiversity.

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Dimensions 14 × 2.2 × 17 cm