Much wowed (this time justifiably so) novel about the investigation of the demise of the titular dog by the narrator, 15 year old Christopher Boone who has Asperger's syndrome and lives in Swindon. Christopher is a maths whiz but is completely literal and rational with no emotional intelligence whatsover and no ability to empathise, imagine or understand others' minds. Needless to say this causes him all manner of problems but Christopher ploughs on regardless and eventually triumphs. This deceptively easy to read novel is a sheer delight; rich in detailed observation of everyday life and inspired in its glimpse into Christopher's mind with nice asides into maths, science, Sherlock Holmes (whom Christopher thoroughly approves of) and Arthur Conan Doyle (whom Christopher doesn't approve of due to the novelists supernatural predelictions that Christopher dismisses as 'stupid things'). Once in a blue moon, a novel is published that deserves the hype and reviewer enthusiasm it engenders. This is one of those novels. Read it.
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