Mark Haddon was born in Northampton, England in 1962 and studied English at Merton College, Oxford. He became a carer for disabled people in Scotland after university, work experience that would help his later goals.
Haddon is most famous for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 2003 and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best First Book in 2004. This novel was the first Haddon wrote specifically for an adult audience, although it was eventually marketed to both adults and children. Those who are easily offended may want to swerve away from it.
Haddon’s writing style is simple; it doesn’t possess complicated words for us to ponder on. Haddon took on a challenge when he wrote the book, getting into the mind-set of an aspersers syndromes mind. He used to work with autistic individuals. Their interests are given to them and their interactions with others limited. However Haddon had ingeniously used Boones love of Sherlock Holmes to form the crime novel. Boones idea of a crime novel is relying on the “accumulation of material facts.” This sort of crime fiction is the only sort that seems to make sense for Christopher.
The title is a reference to a Sherlock Holmes short story called silver blaze. The dog in the night time is written in the mind-set of a 15 year old boy with Asperger’s syndrome. He has maintained a simple wording style in the book which makes it unique compared to other books. For example “The next day is Saturday and there is not much to do