Author: Mark haddon
Background information Author:
Mark Haddon was born in 1962 in Northampton. When he was a young adult in the eighties, he worked with children with disabilities. At that time, the term "autism" was not being used that much yet, so it was not until later that he realized, that a lot of children he worked with were autistic. The knowledge about these children was not the reason for writing this book though, but it did help him to get into the character. Mark also enjoys math, which is very recognizable in the book. Since this subject gave him the rare opportunity of combining his love for math and writing, he took it with both hands. Another aspect of his personal life that can be found in the book is that he is a "hard-line atheist" (that is how he described himself in an interview with The Observer). The main character of the book is also an atheist and even describes religions as being stupid.
"The curious incident" was his first book and in the same year as it was first published, he received the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for it. In 2004 he got another prize for his book, namely the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Overall Best First Book.
Background information Book:
Haddon was born on 26 September 1962 in Northhampton and educated at Uppingham School and Merton college, Oxford, where he studied English. Afterwards, he was employed in several different occupations. One included working with people with disabilities, and another included creating illustrations and cartoons for magazines and newspapers. He lived in Boston, Massachusetts for a year with his wife until they moved back to England. Then, Mark took up painting and selling abstract art. Mark had a studio on the ground floor of his house; he thought that it looked like a primary school library on the inside. This is appropriate, however, considering that Haddon’s work is a... [continues]
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