26 September 1962 |
|Education||MA, English Literature|
|Alma mater||Merton College, Oxford
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Sos Eltis|
Life and Work 
Haddon was born on 26 September 1962 in Northampton 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 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.
In 2003, Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and in 2004, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best First Book for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a book which is written from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome. Haddon worked with autistic individuals as a young man. He does, however, recommend that one read works by people who have Asperger syndrome themselves. 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.
Mark 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.
Youth titles 
- Gilbert's Gobstopper (1987)
- Mikie Joy
- 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)
For adults 
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003)
- A Spot of Bother (2006)
- The Red House (2012)
- DinkleDinkleDoo (2013)
- Mark Haddon: Aspergers and autism
- "The curiously irresistible literary debut of Mark Haddon '", Powells.com. URL last accessed 31 Aug 2011
- "'Inside a curious mind'", Times Online. URL last accessed 11 May 2008
- "'B is for bestseller'", The Observer. URL last accessed 11 May 2008
- Oxfam: Ox-Tales
- Holcombe, Garan. "Mark Haddon." Contemporary Writers. British Council, 2004. Web. 31 May 2011. <http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth3e38026813f8c194e5nnw1cf3087>.
- Random House, . "Author Profiles - Mark Haddon."Jubilee Books. Jubilee Books, Aug 2003. Web. 31 May 2011 <http://www.jubileebooks.co.uk/jubilee/magazine/authors/mark_haddon/haddon_profile.asp>.
- Haddon, Mark. "Writers' rooms: Mark Haddon."Guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited, 29 Jun 2007. Web. 31 May 2011. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/29/writers.rooms.mark.haddon>.
- Freeman, Hadley. "Novelist Mark Haddon talks to Hadley Freeman." Guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited, 29 May 2006. Web. 31 May 2011. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/may/29/hayfestival2006.hayfestival>.
- Mark Haddon's website
- Mark Haddon at Contemporary Writers
- Mark Haddon at the Internet Movie Database
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time website
- The Official A Spot of Bother Website (UK)
- Mark Haddon interview: Coming Down the Mountain