The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime
What is autism?
What causes autism?
Most cases of autism appear to be caused by a combination of autism risk genes and environmental factors influencing early brain development. They include advanced parental age at time of conception (both mom and dad), maternal illness during pregnancy and certain difficulties during birth, particularly those involving periods of oxygen deprivation to the baby’s brain.
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
- Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
About the author
He was born on 26 September 1962 in Northampton, England. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied English. In 1987, Haddon wrote his first children’s book, Gilbert’s Gobstopper. This was followed by many other children’s books, which were often self-illustrated. He is also famous for:
- A series of Agent Z books (one of which, Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars, was made into a 1996 Children's BBC sitcom)
- A screenplay for the BBC television adaptation of Raymond Briggs's story Fungus the Bogeyman
- The BBC television drama Coming Down the Mountain
Mark is a vegetarian and enjoys vegetarian cookery. He describes himself as a "hard-line atheist". He lives in Oxford with his wife Sos Eltis, a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, and their two young sons.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK
- Its title quotes the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "Silver Blaze"
- It was published in separate editions for adults and children
- The book uses prime numbers to number the chapters
- It won many prizes such as the Whitbread Book Awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize