Il était une fois, dans l'Angleterre du XXIe siècle, un homme qui, rendu fou de douleur par la mort de son épouse, tomba éperdument amoureux de leur fille.Il était une fois une jeune fille qui rêvait du prince charmant qui viendrait l'arracher à l'emprise délétère de son père. Il était une fois un jeune homme obligé de fuir pour échapper à la fureur meurtrière du père incestueux.C'est alors que les époques se télescopent, que le présent bascule dans le passé, que l'Angleterre actuelle s'efface devant la Grèce antique et que la réalité rejoint le mythe.En s'inspirant très librement de la pièce Périclès, prince de Tyr de Shakespeare, Mark Haddon nous offre un roman d'aventures ambitieux porté par des personnages inoubliables et déchirants.
Christopher Boone a quinze ans. Il possède une intelligence et une logique imparables; il aime les listes, les plans et la vérité et c´est un fan de Sherlock Holmes, mais il n´est jamais allé plus loin que le bout de sa rue tout seul. Il réussit des exercices de mathématiques très difficiles et comprend la théorie de la relativité. Ce qu´il ne comprend pas, ce sont les autres êtres humains. À part Siobhan, qui le suit à l´école et l´aide à écrire ce roman policier, son père, qui connaît ses troubles comportementaux, et sa mère, décédée il y a deux ans, les autres sont pour lui des étrangers...
Lorsqu´il découvre le chien de sa voisine transpercé d´une fourche, Christopher décide de retrouver le meurtrier. Mais son enquête va bouleverser le délicat équilibre de l´univers qu´il s´était construit: sa mère n´est pas morte, elle est partie vivre à Londres avec le mari de la voisine; son père lui a menti. L´univers de Christopher se fissure. L´enquête alerte, truffée d´inventions et de tendre drôlerie, révèle alors d´immenses réservoirs de souffrance et de courage chez le jeune garçon qui, magnifiquement obstiné, poursuit son but coûte que coûte. Un premier roman drôle, inattendu, délicatement et profondément émouvant, pour des lecteurs de 7 à 77 ans.
Pour se réconcilier avec sa soeur Angela, Richard a l'idée saugrenue de l'inviter à passer des vacances au pays de Galles en compagnie de sa petite famille. Mais dans ce coin du bout du monde, il pleut sans discontinuer, le premier village est à des kilomètres, et les portables ne fonctionnent pas ! Quatre adultes, trois ados et un enfant, qui se connaissent à peine, se retrouvent coincés là pour une semaine.
Jeux de société, conversations de circonstances, promenades... En apparence, la cohabitation semble bien se dérouler. Mais intérieurement, chacun rumine de vieux griefs. De toute part on fomente des alliances, des conquêtes et des trahisons... avant de prôner la réconciliation. Bref, le bonheur des vacances en famille.
Une brillante comédie de moeurs, un regard irrésistible sur les relations familiales, où l'on retrouve la patte de l'auteur du Bizarre Incident du chien pendant la nuit.
Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year 'Outstanding...a stunningly good read' Observer 'Mark Haddon's portrayal of an emotionally dissociated mind is a superb achievement... Wise and bleakly funny' Ian McEwan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
Boom! Is a roller-coaster read with spaceships, spies and mortal danger!
Jim and his best friend Charlie weren't looking for adventure, when they decided to bug the staffroom . . . But then they overhear their teachers speaking in a secret language and it's too late to turn back. And now they have to explain to the police, the headmistress and their parents where they've been for a whole week - without mentioning the aliens.
From the bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother comes a superb book about family and secrets Two families. Seven days. One house.
Angela and her brother Richard have spent twenty years avoiding each other. Now, after the death of their mother, they bring their families together for a holiday in a rented house on the Welsh border. Four adults and four children. Seven days of shared meals, log fires, card games and wet walks.
But in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up. The parents Richard thought he had. The parents Angela thought she had. Past and present lovers. Friends, enemies, victims, saviours.
Once again Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother, has written a novel that is funny, poignant and deeply insightful about human lives.
Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it.
George Hall doesn't understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. 'The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely.' Some things in life, however, cannot be ignored.
At fifty-seven, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray. Her family is not pleased - as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has 'strangler's hands'. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the wonderful way he has with her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's former colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials.
Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.
The way these damaged people fall apart - and come together - as a family is the true subject of Mark Haddon's disturbing yet very funny portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely.
'The real redemption in these superbly gripping stories comes from their canny human detail, and the vivid, unsettling clarity they bring to our lives.' Sunday Times 'He writes with the craft of Julian Barnes or, even, Truman Capote.' The TimesAn expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve.In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been longlisted for prizes), second that his imagination is even darker than we had thought.
From the moment that Jimbo and his best friend Charlie bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know that nothing is as it seems. But what does "spudvetch" mean, and why do Mr. Kidd's eyes flicker with fluroscent blue light when Charlie says it to him? Perhaps the teachers are bank robbers speaking in code; perhaps they're spies, or aliens. Whatever they are, Jimbo and Charlie know that there is a big adventure on its way: a nuclear-powered, one-hundred-tonne one, with reclining seats and a buffet car. And as it gains speed and begins to spin out of control, it can only end one way -- with a BOOM!
From the Hardcover edition.
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Virginia Woolf was one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. With her husband, Leonard Woolf, she started the Hogarth Press in 1917: the list ranged widely in fiction, poetry, politics and psychoanalysis, and published all Virginia Woolf's own work. Its first publication appeared in 2017: Two Stories, bound in bright Japanese paper, contained a short story from both Virginia and Leonard. Typeset and bound by Virginia, with illustrations by Dora Carrington, 134 copies were printed by Leonard using a small handpress installed in the dining room at Hogarth House, Richmond.To celebrate the 100th anniversary of 'Publication No. 1' this new edition of Two Stories takes the original text of Virginia's story, 'The Mark on the Wall' (with illustrations by Dora Carrington), and pairs it with a new story, 'St Brides Bay', by Mark Haddon, a lifelong reader of Virginia Woolf.TWO STORIES also includes a portrait of Virginia Woolf by Mark Haddon, and a short introduction from the publisher about the founding of the Press.