Best-selling author Mark Haddon recalls his boyhood fascination with the moon and his pure wonder at witnessing the first lunar landing.
Years ago, a little boy gazed at the moon, dizzy with the thought that he was looking at a world 200,000 miles away. As he read atlases and library books and kept clippings on astronauts orbiting the moon, he hoped and hoped that they would fi nd a way to land there. And one extraordinary day they did, captured on his fl ickery TV, like giants bouncing in slow motion. When the boy fell asleep, he dreamed that he walked with them too. In this lyrical, transporting tale, Mark Haddon — the boy in the story — conveys the thrill of one moment in history through a child’s eyes, aided by Christian Birmingham’s evocative illustrations.
About the Author
Mark Haddon's work as an author includes" A Spot of Bother, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Real Porky Philips", "Agent Z" and "Titch Johnson" "- Almost World Champion". His work for television includes "Coming Down the Mountain", "Fungus the Bogeyman "and "Microsoap". "Polar Bears" (2010) was Mark Haddon's first work for the theatre. Simon Stephens has been the recipient of both the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2001-2 for his play "Port", and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005 for "On the Shore of the Wide World". His recent plays include "Harper Regan" (National Theatre), " Punk Rock" (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester), "Pornography "(Traverse and Birmingham Rep), "Wastwater "(Royal Court and Wiener Festwochen), "The Trial of Ubu "(Hampstead Theatre) and "Three Kingdoms" (Lyric Hammersmith).
Christian Birmingham graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design. He has illustrated many picture books, including a forthcoming adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.