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Book Title: Swimming and Flying|
The author of the book: Mark Haddon
Edition: Mark Haddon
Date of issue: March 11th 2013
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This Kindle Single shared more with my about Mark Haddon than I had known about him previously, and is an edited form of a mishmash version of some live performance pieces. It is an interesting construct that melds a fear of swimming and flying, and juxtaposes these with a variety of lifelong triumphs and tribulations – most notably with writing and teaching. It is a sweet, short piece that manages to strike at the heart of attempting to overcome anything in life. It is a meditation on what it means to exist and to write, and the humanity that is stuffed deep down within our fears and how we came to develop them through our lives and experiences. It is nice, quaint, and fast, and something that I respect a great deal from the man whose only other work I read was “...Dog in the Night Time.” It is about what I would have expected, honestly. The editing is a little strange - as the stories converge it is a bit bumpy - but it is a good piece.
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Read information about the authorMark Haddon is a British novelist and poet, best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied 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 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a book which is written from the perspective of a boy with Aspergers syndrome. Haddon's knowledge of Aspergers syndrome, a type of autism, comes from his work with autistic people as a young man. In an interview at Powells.com, Haddon claimed that this was the first 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, A Spot of Bother, was published in September 2006.
Mark Haddon is also known for his series of Agent Z books, one of which, Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars, was made into a 1996 Children's BBC sitcom. He also wrote the screenplay for the BBC television adaptation of Raymond Briggs's story Fungus the Bogeyman, screened on BBC1 in 2004. He also wrote the 2007 BBC television drama Coming Down the Mountain.
Haddon is a vegetarian, and enjoys vegetarian cookery. He describes 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 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time 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.
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