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Mark Haddon (HANDSIGNED 1st printing - CHILDREN'S edition)

Mark Haddon

ISBN 10: 0385605870 / ISBN 13: 9780385605878
New Condition: New Hardcover
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British hardcover, HANDSIGNED by MARK HADDON on the full title page. No inscription and not a bookplate signature. A U.K. 1st Edition/1st Printing with appropriate number line descending through 1. NEW/NEW condition, a pristine UNREAD copy, square and tight spine with clean unblemished white pages, suitable for collectors. No bumped corners; flawless dust jacket is Brodart protected. Truly unique novel of Christopher, a fifteen-year-old boy with an autistic spectrum condition, who investigates the murder of a dog with dramatic consequences. Winner of the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year and the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Marketed by the publisher to both adult and child audiences, this copy is the children's edition: same text, different DJ cover art. From my personal library—you'll not find a nicer copy. 272pp. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7284665126

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Title: Mark Haddon (HANDSIGNED 1st printing - ...

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery gets - for both Christopher and the rest of his family.

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Mark Haddon's bitterly funny debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.

Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbor's poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington's owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--against the objection of his father and neighbors--to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result--quirkily illustrated, with each chapter given its own prime number--is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Haddon's novel is a startling performance. This is the sort of book that could turn condescending, or exploitative, or overly sentimental, or grossly tasteless very easily, but Haddon navigates those dangers with a sureness of touch that is extremely rare among first-time novelists. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is original, clever, and genuinely moving: this one is a must-read. --Jack Illingworth, Amazon.ca

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