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A beautiful new Vintage Classics edition to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this wise, blackly funny, radically imaginative novel

‘A superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy’ Ian McEwan

It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears’ house. Its eyes were closed. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead.
This is Christopher’s story, and through this radically imaginative and generous novel, his world is revealed, full of terror, love, strangeness and surprise.

Reviews

Wondrous...brilliantly inventive...dazzling. Not simply the most original novel I've read in years - it's also one of the best

The Times

Exceptional by any standards. Both funny and deeply moving

Sunday Telegraph

Outstanding. Heartening as well as richly entertaining. A stunningly good read

Independent

Superbly realised. A funny as well as a sad book. Brilliant

Guardian

A remarkable book. An impressive achievement and a rewarding read

Time Out

A magical book. It's one of those books that makes you feel as though you have been on an emotional rollercoaster.

Carrie Grant, Sunday Express

Brilliantly empathetic. Believe the hype: a brilliant, heart-warming book

Scotsman

In telling a painful story in the voice of a 15-year-old boy with Asperger's, Haddon broadens ordinary minds and helps to understand how they work, too.

Daily Telegraph

Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement. He is a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy

Ian McEwan

I have never read anything quite like Mark Haddon's funny and agonizingly honest book, or encountered a narrator more vivid and memorable. I advise you to buy two copies; you won't want to lend yours out

Arthur Golden, author of 'Memoirs of a Geisha'

Original, moving and entertaining for adults as well as for older children

Julia Donaldson, Daily Express

A delightful and brilliant book. Very moving, very plausible and very funny

Oliver Sacks

A beautifully written book. Haddon is to be congratulated for imagining a new kind of hero, for the humbling instruction this warm and often funny novel offers and for showing that the best lives are lived where difference is cherished

Daily Telegraph

To get an idea of what The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is like, think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye and one of Oliver Sacks's real-life stories

New York Times

A deservedly acclaimed read.

Time Out London

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784707637

    January 22, 2019

    Vintage Classics

    RRP $24.00

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  • Paperback

    9781849921596

    November 27, 2017

    David Fickling Books

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  • Paperback

    9781782953463

    March 3, 2014

    Red Fox

    288 pages

    RRP $24.00

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  • Paperback

    9780099572831

    August 15, 2012

    Vintage Children's Classics

    304 pages

    RRP $24.00

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  • Paperback

    9780099450252

    April 15, 2004

    Vintage

    288 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9781409086048

    May 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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  • Audio CD

    9781856867887

    July 1, 2003

    Audiobooks

    RRP $48.99

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Stop What You're Doing And Read This!
Boom!
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