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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2003 Whitbread Book of the Year Award 2003 Whitbread Novel Award
Synopses & Reviews
Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions, and cannot stand to be touched. Gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. "I do not always do what I'm told," he admits. "And this is because when people tell you what to do it is usually confusing and does not make sense. For example, people often say 'Be quiet' but they don't tell you how long to be quiet for..."
At fifteen, Christopher's carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor's dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork and is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents' marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with this crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the mysterious workings of Christopher's mind.
At once deeply funny and heartbreakingly poignant, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years.
Christopher is 15 and 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 finds a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it.
An exciting thriller from the perspective of an autistic boy. When a dead dog is found on a neighbour's lawn a boy decides to solve the mystery. Will be published simultaneously as an adult book by Jonathan Cape. Readership level: 12+. *We have advance reading proofs of this book. If you would like one please contact rmonroe(at)bertrams.com or call 0870 429 6666 ext 108*
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