The curious incident of the million-selling book
We've mentioned Mark Haddon's fabulous book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on the weblog a couple of times before, since it's central character is 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who has Asperger's Syndrome. Now it's been announced that the novel, which has been a word-of-mouth success since its publication and won many top awards along the way, has sold nearly 1.5m copies. As Mark Haddon says: "When I told people I was writing a book about a disabled boy living in Swindon, you can imagine the reaction." It's good to see that this reaction has been proved wrong by the phenomenal sales the book has racked up (although the point about Swindon might be a fair one).
If you still haven't discovered The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, check out its official website - yes, that's right, a novel with its own website - which contains excerpts from the audio version of the book.