Throughout his career, author Mark Haddon has gained a wide range of experiences, which enriched his abilities as a writer. Haddon was born in Northampton, England in 1962. He earned an undergraduate degree in English at Oxford University and a graduate degree in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. All the while, he held a variety of jobs, from bicycle courier to theatre ticket agent to working with disabled children. He also provided llustrations for magazines, and was a cartoonist for several British publications. During the 1980'wrote scripts for British television. Haddon't book was published in 1987-a chidren's story titled Gilbert's Gobstopper. He has continued to write children's books, including the series Agent Z, and he has changed his artistic focus from drawing to abstract painting. His first novel for adults, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003; he was subsequently awarded the Whitbread Prize as the best British novelist of the year. Mark Haddon lives in Oxford, England with his wife and son, and he continues to write and to paint.
An interview with Mark Haddon is available on Powells.com.
Listen to Terri Gross interview Mark Haddon on Fresh Air (June, 2003).