Picture of author.
42+ Works 52,701 Membros 1,688 Críticas 52 Favorited

About the Author

Author and screenwriter Mark Haddon was born in Northampton, U.K. in 1962. He received a B.A. in English from Merton College and a MSc in English Literature from Edinburgh University. Since 1996, he has worked on numerous television projects. He has won two BAFTAs and The Royal Television Society mostrar mais Best Children's Drama for Microsoap, which he created and wrote 12 out of 25 episodes. He also wrote the screenplay for the BBC television adaption of Fungus the Bogeyman. He has written fifteen children's books including the Agent Z series. In 1994, he was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize for The Real Porky Philips. He won the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year Award for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which provides a realistic insight into what it is like to have autism. He currently lives in Oxford with his family. He was runner-up for the BBC National Short Story Award with his title 'Bunny'. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Mark Haddon

A Spot of Bother (2006) 5,712 exemplares
The Red House (2012) 1,217 exemplares
Boom! (2010) 497 exemplares
The Porpoise (2019) 379 exemplares
The Pier Falls: And Other Stories (2016) 317 exemplares
The Sea of Tranquillity (1737) 197 exemplares
Stop What You're Doing and Read This! (2011) — Editor — 157 exemplares
Ocean Star Express (2001) 49 exemplares
Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars (1995) 39 exemplares
Agent Z Meets the Masked Crusader (1993) 26 exemplares
Agent Z Goes Wild (1994) 24 exemplares
Footprints on the Moon (2009) 23 exemplares
Two Stories (2017) 22 exemplares
Agent Z and the Killer Bananas (2005) 19 exemplares
Real Porky Philips (1994) 10 exemplares
Swimming and Flying (2013) 8 exemplares
Titch Johnson (1994) 6 exemplares
Toni and the Tomato Soup (1989) 6 exemplares
In the Garden (1994) 5 exemplares
Family (2019) 4 exemplares
Gilbert's Gobstopper (1988) 4 exemplares
Polar Bears (2010) 4 exemplares
The Ice Bear’s Cave (2002) 3 exemplares
At Playgroup (1994) 3 exemplares
On Vacation (Baby Dinosaurs) (1994) — Autor — 3 exemplares
The Weir 2 exemplares
Secret Agent Handbook (1999) 1 exemplar
2004 1 exemplar
La focena (2020) 1 exemplar
At Home (Baby Dinosaurs) (1994) 1 exemplar
SOS Title Unknown 1 exemplar
The Distance 1 exemplar
At Home (1994) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Hornet Flight (2002)algumas edições2,639 exemplares
Granta 119: Britain (2012) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories (2017) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
Ox-Tales: Fire (2009) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Granta 152: Still Life (2020) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



3.5 stars - I really liked Christopher as a character, but the story just fell a little flat.
filemanager | 1,311 outras críticas | Nov 29, 2023 |
CW: child abuse, incest, sexual assault, sexual content, violence, gore, death, slavery.

The Porpoise is one of those books I was really excited about when I first found out about it: I had loved Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and so I was very much looking forward to this. Then, I somehow forgot about it as it got lost in my massive TBR and I only recently rediscovered it. Unfortunately, it didn't quite meet my expectations.

The Porpoise follows two parallel storylines, with snippets of a third one sprinkled throughout. The first one, set in apparently modern times, follows Angelica, a beautiful young woman who lives in solitude with her rich, overprotective father ever since as a baby she was the sole survivor of a plane crash. But in this gilded cage horrible secrets are kept, until one day a visitor understands more than he should and becomes the target of a skilled assassin. As he flees aboard a ship called The Porpoise, his own story merges with a past tale, a retelling of the myth of Pericles, which forms the second storyline.

The premise was really interesting, but the execution just didn't work for me. I was often confused as the book jumped between the two storylines and the interludes featuring none other than Shakespeare himself. I ended up not caring about any of the characters at all, and there are so many of them (maybe even too many). There was also quite a lot of graphic violence which I was not expecting, and some of the themes were hard to stomach which possibly contributed to my unease when reading this. I alternated between bored and confused for most of this and the few passages and underlying themes that were interesting were sadly just not enough for me to enjoy this book.

I did find the writing to be beautiful (and possibly one of the only redeeming features of this). I really liked the richness of the prose and the vivid descriptions, so I was even sadder when I just couldn't connect with the characters! The underlying critique of wealth and its power to corrupt, persuade or coerce those who are surrounded by it was also interesting but for me it was just too little, too late.

Unfortunately, this one was just not the right fit for me, but given the author's rich writing and wealth of characters and events, I can certainly see how it might work for other readers out there.

I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.
… (mais)
bookforthought | 21 outras críticas | Nov 7, 2023 |
This might be a good book...
Law_Books600 | 1,311 outras críticas | Nov 3, 2023 |
People think this book has anything to do with autistic people. It doesn't. Please stop using it that way, it sucks.

One thing I remember quite strongly with this is that he (badly) explains the Monty Hall problem and then says that this is proof that "maths is complicated because there aren't single answers" or something vaguely like that when the whole point of that problem is that it has 1 true answer and our own intuition leads us astray. And it was so absurd to read.

Overall I just found it completely unconvincing and the behaviour of everyone involved is inconsistent and horrible.… (mais)
tombomp | 1,311 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |


Read (1)


You May Also Like

Associated Authors

Vasja Cerar Translator
Michael Rosen Contributor
Maryanne Wolf Contributor
Jeanette Winterson Contributor
Zadie Smith Contributor
Tim Parks Contributor
Blake Morrison Contributor
Jane Davis Contributor
Nicholas Carr Contributor
Carmen Callil Contributor
Mirit Barzillai Contributor
Dora Carrington Illustrator
Michael Ian Kaye Cover designer
Ben Tibber Narrator
Harry Pallemans Translator
Tim Marrs Hand Lettering
Jeff Woodman Narrator
Suzanne Dean Cover designer
Maria Carella Designer
Alejandro Cardenas Cover artist
Marc Boutavant Cover artist
Terhi Leskinen Translator
Simon Vance Narrator
Thomas Andersson Translator


Also by
Marcado como favorito
Pedras de toque

Tabelas & Gráficos