Mark Haddon (born 28 October 1962) is an English novelist, best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003). He won the Whitbread Award, the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize for his work.
|Born||28 October 1962|
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
|Education||MA, English Literature|
|Alma mater||Merton College, Oxford |
|Period||1987–present (as writer)|
|Genre||Novels, children's literature, poetry, screenplays, radio drama|
|Notable awards||Whitbread Book of the Year |
Life and work
Haddon was born on 28 October 1962 to Janella Murphy in Northampton, England. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied English. In 1984, he completed an MA in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.
In 1987, Haddon wrote his first children's book, Gilbert’s Gobstopper. This was followed by many other children's books, which were often self-illustrated.
Haddon is also known for his series of Agent Z books, one of which, Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars, was made into a 1996 Children's BBC sitcom. He also wrote the screenplay for the BBC television adaptation of Raymond Briggs's story Fungus the Bogeyman, screened on BBC1 in 2004. In 2007 he wrote the BBC television drama Coming Down the Mountain.
In 2003, Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award—in the Novels rather than Children's Books category—for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in the Best First Book category, as The Curious Incident was considered his first written for adults; yet he also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime award judged by a panel of children's writers. It was also long listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize.
The Curious Incident is written from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome, Christopher John Francis Boone. In an interview at Powells.com, Haddon claimed that this was the first book that he wrote intentionally for an adult audience; he was surprised when his publisher suggested marketing it to both adult and child audiences (it has been very successful with adults and children alike). His second adult novel, A Spot of Bother, was published in September 2006.
His short story "The Pier Falls" was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the richest prize in the world for a single short story.
- Gilbert's Gobstopper (1987)
- Toni and the Tomato Soup (1988)
- A Narrow Escape for Princess Sharon (1989)
- Agent Z Meets the Masked Crusader (1993)
- Titch Johnson, Almost World Champion (1993)
- Agent Z Goes Wild (1994)
- At Home
- At Playgroup
- In the Garden
- On Holiday'
- Gridzbi Spudvetch! (1992)
- The Real Porky Phillips (1994)
- Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars (1995)
- The Sea of Tranquility (1996)
- Secret Agent Handbook
- Agent Z and the Killer Bananas (2001)
- Ocean Star Express (2001)
- The Ice Bear's Cave (2002)
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003)
- Boom! (An improved version of Gridzbi Spudvetch) (2009)
- "The curiously irresistible literary debut of Mark Haddon '", Powells.com. Retrieved 31 Aug 2011.
- The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2003 (top page). guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- Jordan, Justine (15 August 2003). "Booker longlist includes Amis, snubs Carey". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
- "World's Richest Story Prize". The Sunday Times. 1 February 2015.
- 'Inside a curious mind', Times Online. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
- 'B is for bestseller', The Observer. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
- Official website
- Mark Haddon at British Council: Literature
- Mark Haddon on IMDb
- Mark Haddon discussed the rituals and processes that guides his work.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (official)
- A Spot of Bother (official)
- Interview: Coming Down the Mountain
- Haddon, Mark. "Writers' rooms: Mark Haddon", The Guardian (London), 29 June 2007. Accessed 31 May 2011.
- Freeman, Hadley. "Novelist Mark Haddon talks to Hadley Freeman", The Guardian (London), 29 May 2006. Accessed 31 May 2011.