Famous for his Guardian Prize, Whitbread Award, and Commonwealth Writers Prize-winning novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003), he is also notable for his numerous works of young adult fiction, which include Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars (1995) and The Real Porky Phillips (1994).
After graduating from Merton College, Oxford, with a degree in English, he published his debut children's work, Gilbert's Gobstopper.
He published his first poetry collection -- The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea -- in 2005.
He was raised in Northampton and Rutland, England. His marriage to English teacher Sos Eltis resulted in two sons.
He penned the BBC adaptation of author Raymond Briggs' work Fungus the Bogeyman.