The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Jul 052018

As a busy mum of six little ones there is sadly very little time to put up my feet and enjoy a good book. When I do get a few spare minutes to read I must choose wisely, therefore I keep a list of books that have come highly recommended by people I value and one of the titles at the top on my to-read list is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

I know the rule is ‘read the book first, then watch the movie’ but as far as I know there’s no rule about watching a play… time to check out the stage-adaption of this international bestseller at Adelaide’s Entertainment Centre:

Masterfully adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade and has raked in a massive 5 Tony Awards® and 7 Olivier Awards. As part of a big international tour it is currently Australia’s turn to see this remarkable, eye-opening novel brought to life on stage by a super talented full British and Irish cast.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, a teenager with an autism spectrum condition who has an extraordinary brain that is exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers.

When his neighbour’s dog Wellington is killed suspicion quickly falls on Christopher and after initially being arrested he is released with a police warning. Against his father’s wishes Christopher starts investigating the dog’s murder in the hope of identifying the true culprit. Christopher’s mission takes him on a journey that upturns his world… The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a global theatrical phenomenon that simply must not be missed.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is currently playing in Sydney, after which the show will take to the stage in Adelaide on July 31 and finally close the curtains in Perth on August 19, 2018.

To find out more about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit

Jun 182012

You may not know it but today, June 18, is world Autistic Pride Day. The aim of Autistic Pride Day is to get people to recognise the spectrum of autism disorders and to shift their perspective from disease to difference. Celebrating autism may seem rather unusual but it is all about accepting autistic children and adults as they are, loving them as they are, and recognising their rights. If you would like to find out more what life is like for families living with autism you should really read My Life In A Pea Soup.

My Life In A Pea Soup is a brilliant memoir written by Australian mum Lisa Nops, telling the story of her beautiful daughter Sally and the many events that led to the eventual diagnosis of autism. The book is so real, honest and raw, you will fall for Lisa (and Sally) from the moment you start reading. So many people have no idea what it is like to live with a child with autism (me included) so it was a real eye opener to read about life with Sally.

It is not easy to recognise autism in a young child and Lisa shares openly about some of Sally’s behaviour and habits as a baby and young child which (in hind sight) were early signs that something was wrong. But this is not a cold, emotionless medical information pamphlet, it is a warm, sometimes heartbreaking but most of all honest collection of stories and memories written by a loving mum, who learns to come to terms with Sally’s diagnosis and is determined to create the very best life for her daughter.

Living an expat life the family ends up living in Sri Lanka and Bahrein, where it proves very hard to find the help they need. I finished My Life In A Pea Soup in one sitting, I loved Lisa’s story telling, not just about Sally but also describing life in other continents, and I so badly wanted to her to find the right doctor for Sally. Lisa Nops is a very talented writer so it is no wonder she recently won the Finch Memoir Prize 2012, very well deserved.

To find out more about My Life In A Pea Soup by Lisa Nops ($29.99, published by Finch Publishing) and to order the book online visit

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