This article is from 2006.
From live-in volunteering to abstract painting, bicycle mail order work, adapting screenplays for television, manning a theatre box office, marathon canoeing and freelance illustration, Mark Haddon has pretty much done it all since he graduated from Oxford University in 1981. And we haven’t even mentioned the best-selling novel yet. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the compelling tale of a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome, written from the protagonist’s unique and utterly determined perspective.
The book went on to win 17 literary awards including the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Award for Best First Book in 2003, yet Haddon, clearly not one to rest on anything close to resembling a laurel, has a new offering out in September. He is set to discuss A Spot of Bother at this eagerly-anticipated appearance and exclusive launch for the novel, which tells the story of a family falling apart and coming together, but focusing mainly on the unobtrusive 60-something father George Hall, a dignified man going insane but trying to do it politely. The work is written in Haddon’s inimitable, bittersweet, snappy style and looks set to make as big a splash as his last literary effort. What he turns his hand to next, however, is anybody’s guess. (Camilla Pia)
23 Aug, 4.30pm, £7 (£5).