Why did I love this book?
This novel had me gripped from the first page. It’s a very different sort of ‘Whodunit?’ mystery, narrated by Christopher, a teenager who (we assume) has some form of Asperger’s syndrome. The book is funny and moving, and a huge hit in book groups and high school English classes. And yet…this is really a story about maths. Christopher is studying for his Maths ‘A level’ (school-leaver) exam, and he peppers the text with mathematical ideas, giving an insight into the way mathematicians think. There’s even a geometrical proof in the appendix. The author Mark Haddon was able to convey his own love of maths by putting his knowledge into the voice of an obsessive. Despite the amount of maths content, I’ve never heard anyone say that the maths put them off.