Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Spot of Bother, has just booked a deal with Doubleday for his next novel, The Red House. It is to be released during Summer 2012.
The Red House is story of two connected and chaotic families sharing a vacation home, and eight different family members will in turn be allowed to narrate the novel. According to Haddon’s website, it will include “found text and images. old books, prints, banknotes, bus-tickets, maps, diagrams.”
Here’s a snippet of the book from his website:
he’d been looking forward to it for the last couple of weeks. a town of books. all this learning gathered in and offered up. trawling, browsing, leafing. but now that he was standing in the bowels of the cinema bookshop… that smell. what was it, precisely? glue? paper? the spores of some bibliophile lichen? catacombs of yellowing paper. every book unwanted, sold for pennies or carted from the houses of the dead. battersea books home. the authors earned nothing from the transaction. salaries less than binmen he’d read somewhere. he thought about their lives. no colleagues, no timetable, no security, the constant lure of daytime television. the formlessness of it all made him feel slightly ill, going to work in their dressing gowns. so much risk and so little adventure.
Are you excited about the plans for Haddon’s new book?