Short biography of the author
Mark Haddon was born in Northampton (England) in 1962. He is a writer and illustrator. He graduated from Oxford University in 1981 and he teaches creative writing for the Oxford University. He has worked for important English media such as The Guardian or BBC.
Since 1987 he has written in different genres as novels, children’s books, poetry, screenplays and radio drama. His first book was for children with the title Gilbert’s Gobstopper. Generally, he also illustrated his own books.
He won prestigious awards. In 2003 Mark Haddon won more than seventeen literary awards, including prizes in Japan, Holland and Italy as well as the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004, the Guardian Childen’s Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the book The curious incident of the dog in the night time.
Brief paragraph with the geographical and historical contextin which the bookwaswritten
Mark Haddon worked with children who had physical and mental disabilities, including autism. In 2003, Mark Haddon published The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The book is a first-person narrative from the novel’s protagonist, Christopher John Francis Boone, a young boy (15 years old) who has the Asperger’s Syndrome.
In 2009 Mark Haddon said that he intended his book only as a work of fiction and not a medical treatise on living with autism. This book was a best-seller becoming some of the biggest sellers of all time.
Tasks to do while reading the book: divide the book in packs of 10 chapters