26 September 1962 |
Northampton, England, UK
|Education||MA, English Literature|
|Alma mater||Merton College, Oxford
|Period||1987–present (as writer)|
|Genres||Novels, children's literature, poetry, screenplays, radio drama|
|Literary movement||Postmodernism Transgressive[clarification needed]|
|Notable award(s)||Whitbread Book of the Year
Mark Haddon (born 26 September 1962) is an English novelist, best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003). He won the Whitbread Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize for that work.
Life and work
After college, 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. Haddon worked with autistic individuals as a young man.
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 self-proclaimed "distillation of all that was best about school".
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. The Curious Incident is written from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome. 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 a great hit with adults and children alike). His second adult novel, A Spot of Bother, was published in September 2006.
- 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)
- Boom! (An improved version of Gridsbi Spudvetch) (2009)
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003)
- A Spot of Bother (2006)
- The Red House (2012)
- "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.
- '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 at the Internet Movie Database
- 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", Guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited, 29 June 2007. accessed 31 May 2011.
- Freeman, Hadley. "Novelist Mark Haddon talks to Hadley Freeman", Guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited, 29 May 2006. accessed 31 May 2011.