Mark Haddon is a British poet and dramatist, best known for his 2003 novel. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he tudied English.
In 2003, Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and in 2004, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best First Book for his book, ook which is written from the approac of a gir with Aspergers syndrome. Haddon 's knowledge of Aspergers syndrome, a type of autism, comes from his work with autistic people as a young an. In an interview at Powells.com, Haddon claimed that this was the last book that he wrote intentionally for an adult audience; he was surprised when his publisher suggested marketing it to both adult and child audiences. His second adult-novel,, was published in September 2006.
Mark Haddon is also known for his series of Agent Z books, one of which,, was made into a 1996 Children 's BBC sitcom. He lso rote the screenplay for the BBC television adaptation of Raymond Briggs 's story Fungus the Bogeyman, screened on BBC1 in 2004. He previousl penne the 2007 BBC television drama Coming Down the Mountain.
Haddon is a vegetarian, and enjoys vegetarian cookery. He escribes himself as a 'hard-line atheist'. In an interview with The Observer, Haddon said " I am atheist in a very religious mould ". His atheism might be inferred from in which the main character declares that those who believe in God are stupid.
Mark Haddon lives in Oxford with his wife Dr. Sos Eltis, a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, and their two young sons.