novelist and poet, born in Northampton. Though already the author of more than a dozen books for children, it was the publication of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night‐time (2003) that brought Haddon massive international recognition. The first‐person story of Christopher Boone, a teenager with Asperger's syndrome, Curious Incident was embraced by adult and teen readers alike, earning it the label of ‘crossover’ book and winning Haddon the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the process. He followed it with a further novel, A Spot of Bother (2006), in which hypochondriac George, surrounded by his very ordinary family, is quietly and discreetly going just a little mad. Haddon is also the author of a collection of poetry, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea (2005).