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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

by Mark Haddon


Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbour'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 neighbours--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.

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...food box. And I said, "OK." And Rhodri said, "So, it looks like Parky stitched them up, then?" But this was to Father, not to me. And Father said, "Well, those circuit boards looked like they'd come out of the bloody ark." And Rhodri said, "You going to tell them?" And Father said, "What's the point? They're hardly going to take him to court, are they?" And Rhodri said, "That'll be the day." And Father said, "Best to let sleeping dogs lie, I reckon." Then I went into the garden. Siobhan said that when you are writing a book you have to include some descriptions of things. I said that I could take photographs and put them in the book. But she said the idea of a book was to describe things using words so that people could read them and make a picture in their own head. And she said it was best to describe things that were interesting or different. She also said that I should describe people in the story by mentioning one or two details about them so that people could make a...

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04 Aug 2012 16:26:48

I loved this book when it came out and have several copies . my son , now 17 , also loves it .He has aspergers syndrome .
How Mark Haddon is able to convey the nouances of someone with this condition is ,frankly remarkable and I can say what an inspired and inspirational piece of work tis is
Pete , a father


17 Nov 2010 01:38:21

an intelligent read. :)

20 Oct 2010 15:10:43

why cant I read the books ?


13 Oct 2010 12:05:20

nicely written

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Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.


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They were stacking up in my head like loaves in the factory where Uncle Terry works.


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I had been hugging the dog for 4 minutes when I heard screaming. I looked up and saw Mrs. Shears running toward me from the patio. She was wearing pajamas and a housecoat. Her toenails were painted bright pink and she had no shoes on


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I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.


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Wellington was a poodle. Not one of the small poodles that have hairstyles but a big poodle. It had curly black fur, but when you got close you could see that the skin underneath the fur was a very pale yellow, like chicken

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