29 December 2021

Top 5 Mark Haddon novels

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From life on the road, to holiday homes; Ancient worlds to hospitals. Mysteries small or large can take place anywhere.

In the award-winning production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ which is currently enjoying a limited run in London, the mystery takes place in a place we’re all familiar with – a back garden.

In celebration of this eclectic mix of backdrops, we’re shining the spotlight on the author Mark Haddon who, along with ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ has written a wealth of crime drama novels which will both excite and perplex your mind.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Where it all started, the novel from which the award-winning crime fiction play was adapted. It’s told from the perspective of Christopher - a young adult who has behavioural challenges and struggles to fit into society, Christopher goes on a journey to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbours dead dog. The great thing about this book is you could still read it after watching the show – either way you won’t be disappointed.

The Red House

Ever been brave enough to spend time with your family in a holiday home? Or does it leave you shuddering at the thought? In an attempt to build bridges following the death of their mother, Richard and Angela agree to rent a holiday home in Wales with their estranged families. But it takes just a week for carnage to ensue as the narrative jumps from family member to family member revealing ghosts from the past along the way.

The boy who steals houses. The girl who steals his heart.

We all have secrets, don’t we? What if you wanted to bury your secrets and start a new life? That’s exactly what Sam and his brother attempt to do as they try and leave their past behind in search of new beginnings. When their paths cross with a girl who is able to help them achieve their dream, life seems to be on the up. But Sam’s past is about to catch up with him…

A Spot of Bother

Described by The Times as ‘A witty and subtle family drama’, A Spot of Bother centres around George, a 57-year-old retiree and hypochondriac in search of a bit of calm and tranquility. But his family seem intent on disturbing the peace. Not one to shy away from the big topics, Haddon confronts mental health, relationships, death and in this novel about later-life choices.


Haddon’s foray into children’s fiction, this is a fantastical story of best friends Charlie and Jimbo who accidentally uncover the strange goings on at school.  With investigation using secret notebooks, portals to other worlds and teachers who speak in an alien language, Boom! delivers up a mystery on a galactic scale. One the kids will love.

If you’ve been inspired to go in search of some live-action crime-solving, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ one of the best mystery plays to have ever made it to the stage, is currently showing at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre for a limited time only.

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