Mark Haddon

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Mark Haddon
Born (1962-09-26) 26 September 1962 (age 51)
Northampton, England, UK
Occupation Writer, illustrator
Nationality British
Education MA, English Literature
Alma mater Merton College, Oxford
Uppingham School
Period 1987–present (as writer)
Genre Novels, children's literature, poetry, screenplays, radio drama
Literary movement Postmodernism[citation needed] Transgressive[clarification needed]
Notable awards Whitbread Book of the Year
2003
Guardian Prize
2003
Spouse Sos Eltis
Website
markhaddon.com

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[edit]

Early life[edit]

Haddon was born on 26 September 1962 in Northampton, England. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied English.

Career[edit]

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".

Writing[edit]

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;[1] yet he also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime award judged by a panel of children's writers.[2] 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).[1] His second adult novel, A Spot of Bother, was published in September 2006.

Personal life[edit]

Haddon is a vegetarian and enjoys vegetarian cookery. He describes himself as a "hard-line atheist".[3][4]

Haddon resides in Oxford with his wife Sos Eltis, a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, and their two young sons.[3]

Works[edit]

Youth titles[edit]

For adults[edit]

Poetry volume[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The curiously irresistible literary debut of Mark Haddon '", Powells.com. Retrieved 31 Aug 2011.
  2. ^ The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2003 (top page). guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b 'Inside a curious mind', Times Online. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  4. ^ 'B is for bestseller', The Observer. Retrieved 11 May 2008.

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