- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- Mark Haddon
- Jonathan Cape, U.K. 2003
Mark Haddon’s wonderfully original story about a teenage, high-functioning autistic detective won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel. It also won a South African literary prize and was shortlisted for others.
This book currently has garnered close to a thousand 5 star reviews from readers on Amazon.com.
Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winning author of Amsterdam, wrote, “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.”
The book was originallyreleased in two versions, commonly known as the adult’s and the children’s editions; the only differences between them being the cover art and the book descriptions. This is the more rare adult’s edition. The kid’s version dust jacket is white with a red car graphic like the postcards below, and the dog has no pitchfork sticking out of him.
Some of the true first editions came with these colourful post cards. This fine/fine signed copy also came with a couple of award shortlist pamphlets. These kinds of cool extras tend to increase the value of a book.
There are many editions of this very popular novel, and one thing that they all have in common is really great cover art. I also have the first Canadian edition which I will showcase some time down the road.