Hits and misses for Haddon as he toys with his audience’s expectations

The Pier Falls offers no immediate answers to some pertinent questions

12th June, 2016
Mark Haddon: a stubbornly individual writer

Fiction; The Pier Falls and Other Stories; By Mark Haddon; Jonathan Cape, €17.50

On the back cover of my proof copy of Mark Haddon’s new short story collection, his publishers indulge in a bit of (forgivable) boasting. Haddon’s debut novel for adults, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, has sold, they remind us, “nearly three million copies”. Haddon’s follow-up, the domestic drama A Spot of Bother, has sold “over 800,000...

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