The curious case of the dog that did bark

<p>Publishing fashion has helped Mark Haddon</p><p>We hear a good deal about authors and books that publishers decide do not conform to the fashions of the moment. The implication is that the book industry is closing off opportunities for all but those conforming to the narrow definition of what it considers to be promotable. We hear less about the authors who are taken on who might not have achieved publication at other times, or about the titles that current fashions make easier to promote. Such a title is Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Jonathan Cape/Davi...

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