Curious Incident author Mark Haddon wrestles with Shakespeare in his new novel The Porpoise

SiNGAPORE – While writing his latest novel The Porpoise, British author Mark Haddon gave a character a heart attack.

It is described in great detail – the calcified lumps, the collapse of the heart's four chambers into "one wrecked vessel of twitching flesh in which the blood pools and squelches".

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