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.
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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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? - Sunday Telegraph
Mark Haddon has produced a well-executed, unusual mystery. - GQ
astonishing and provocative - 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 - 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 - Metro Midlands
A wonderful first person narrative of a boy with Asperger;s Syndrome; funny, sad and extraordinarily original - The Guardian
The highlight of the year - 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. - Books for Keeps
Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. 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. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. He lives in Oxford.