The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by British Writer Mark Haddon. Its title refers to the observation of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in an 1892 short story called “The Adventure of Silver Blaze.”
Haddon and the Curious Incident have won the Best Novel and Book Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award, and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award among others. It was published simultaneously in separate editions for adults and children.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the story of a young boy named Christopher who suffers from autism. Christopher goes to a special school and finds it very difficult to understand and communicate with people from the outside world. He discovers that his neighbour’s dog has been killed and decides to investigate the crime. It takes him on a terrifying and challenging journey that will change his life.
The story was told by Christopher, which makes the language used in the book simple and easy to understand. This book uses prime numbers to number chapters instead of conventional sequential numbers. Originally written in English, it has been translated into 36 additional languages.