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From the phenomenally bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time comes Mark Haddon's first collection of poems.

The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea reveals a poet of great versatility and formal talent. All the gifts so admired in Haddon's prose are in strong evidence here — the humanity, the dark humour, and the uncanny ventriloquism — but Haddon is also a writer of considerable seriousness, lyric power, and surreal invention. This book will consolidate his reputation as one of the most imaginative writers in contemporary literature.

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"Despite the Curious Incident-like title, fans of Haddon's novel will find this collection's pleasures less immediate, but that doesn't mean they aren't here. Forlorn yet resolved in the face of an abrupt change of station, Haddon's speaker makes his way through a Britain that seems composed largely of hotels and rich people, as strange to him as the world was to his earlier protagonist: "above the confusion of forks// you will realize that is/ where your journey starts." Other poems rewrite horatian odes, imagine "Christmas Night 1930" and effect a "decimation" of John Buchan's novel The House of Four Winds. Technically accomplished and spikily humorous ("You did the Hippy-Hippy Shake/ I messed with Mr. In-Between"), the poems are marbled with scenes of same-sex love and desire, and ruminations on writing, fame and death. They will whet appetites for Haddon's fiction follow-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.)

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"Despite the Curious Incident — like title, fans of Haddon's novel will find this collection's pleasures less immediate, but that doesn't mean they aren't here. Forlorn yet resolved in the face of an abrupt change of station, Haddon's speaker makes his way through a Britain that seems composed largely of hotels and rich people, as strange to him as the world was to his earlier protagonist: 'above the confusion of forks// you will realize that is/ where your journey starts.' Other poems rewrite horatian odes, imagine 'Christmas Night 1930' and effect a 'decimation' of John Buchan's novel The House of Four Winds. Technically accomplished and spikily humorous ('You did the Hippy-Hippy Shake/ I messed with Mr. In-Between'), the poems are marbled with scenes of same-sex love and desire, and ruminations on writing, fame and death. They will whet appetites for Haddon's fiction follow-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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From the phenomenally bestselling author of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" comes Haddon's first collection of poems. Humorous, moving, and surreal, these poems showcase the wild imagination that made Haddon so beloved by readers everywhere.

About the Author

Mark Haddon was born in Northampton in 1962. He studied for a BA in English at Merton College, Oxford, graduating in 1981.

Mark has packed a lot into his career over the years since graduating, with a spell working as a live-in volunteer for someone with MS to working a string of part-time jobs in London, from theatre box office to bicycle mail order work.

Between 1983-4 Mark returned to studying to complete an MSc in English Literature at Edinburgh University. Following this Mark held part-time positions for Mencap and several other organisations, working with children and adults with a variety of mental and physical handicaps.

At this time he was also involved in illustration work for a number of magazines and has been a cartoonist for the New Statesman, Spectator, Private Eye, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian for which he co-wrote a cartoon-strip, Men — A User's Guide.

After a year living in Boston, Massachusetts (1997-1998) with his wife they moved back to England and, dissatisfied with his illustration work because it was causing him headaches, he took up abstract painting, which he now regularly sells.

From 1996 until now, Mark has been involved with many television projects. He has won numerous awards, including two BAFTAs and The Royal Television Society Best Children's Drama for Microsoap for which he was the creator and writer of 12 out of 25 episodes.

He has also written 2 episodes for the children's TV series Starstreet and most recently, has been involved in a BBC screenplay adaptation of Raymond Briggs's, Fungus and the Bogeyman.

All this still doesn't make mention of Mark's increasingly successful career as an author, with his first children's picture book, Gilbert's Gobstopper published in 1987 by Hamish Hamilton.

Since then he has gone on to write and illustrate numerous children's books including the popular Agent Z series for Bodley Head, of which Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars was dramatised on BBC 1 in 1996. In 1994 Mark was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize for The Real Porky Philips published by A & C Black.

Mark Haddon is the bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a Commonwealth Writers' Award for Best First Book in 2003, and has over 200,000 copies in print in Canada alone.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is the often amusing and compelling story of Christopher, a teenager with Asperger's Syndrome. Shown through his unwavering eyes, his family and relationships come under sharp scrutiny in this unforgettable novel.

Mark now lives in Oxford with his wife, Sos Eltis, who is a fellow in English Literature at Brasenose College and their son Alfie. In his spare time, although it's amazing to think that he might have some, Mark does marathon canoeing and as he puts it, "various other masochistic sports activities."

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thelonliermonk, December 3, 2006 (view all comments by thelonliermonk)
everytime I open it I find something new, little truths. What I love most about it is that he's 100% not afraid to be normal, I mean kavanagh went on a lot about using everyday language but he never really did did he? Theres chaucer and horace references (I'm sure most of which are over my head), but theres also references to ella fitzgerald and american 'cop' movies.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307275691
Author:
Haddon, Mark
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.00x5.26x.26 in. .22 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Despite the Curious Incident-like title, fans of Haddon's novel will find this collection's pleasures less immediate, but that doesn't mean they aren't here. Forlorn yet resolved in the face of an abrupt change of station, Haddon's speaker makes his way through a Britain that seems composed largely of hotels and rich people, as strange to him as the world was to his earlier protagonist: "above the confusion of forks// you will realize that is/ where your journey starts." Other poems rewrite horatian odes, imagine "Christmas Night 1930" and effect a "decimation" of John Buchan's novel The House of Four Winds. Technically accomplished and spikily humorous ("You did the Hippy-Hippy Shake/ I messed with Mr. In-Between"), the poems are marbled with scenes of same-sex love and desire, and ruminations on writing, fame and death. They will whet appetites for Haddon's fiction follow-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Despite the Curious Incident — like title, fans of Haddon's novel will find this collection's pleasures less immediate, but that doesn't mean they aren't here. Forlorn yet resolved in the face of an abrupt change of station, Haddon's speaker makes his way through a Britain that seems composed largely of hotels and rich people, as strange to him as the world was to his earlier protagonist: 'above the confusion of forks// you will realize that is/ where your journey starts.' Other poems rewrite horatian odes, imagine 'Christmas Night 1930' and effect a 'decimation' of John Buchan's novel The House of Four Winds. Technically accomplished and spikily humorous ('You did the Hippy-Hippy Shake/ I messed with Mr. In-Between'), the poems are marbled with scenes of same-sex love and desire, and ruminations on writing, fame and death. They will whet appetites for Haddon's fiction follow-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , From the phenomenally bestselling author of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" comes Haddon's first collection of poems. Humorous, moving, and surreal, these poems showcase the wild imagination that made Haddon so beloved by readers everywhere.
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