The Shock of the Fall
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Winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel 2014.
Winner of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014.
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013.
Having won the Costa First Novel award, this went on to win the overall prize for the Best Book of 2013 which was when the hardback was published (last April). From that accolade you can deduce that this is an impressive work. It is challenging for it charts the narrator Matthew’s life from nine to aged nineteen, only he is schizophrenic so, although the characters are cleverly portrayed, you do need to pay attention. Slowly you realise that Matthew’s illness was precipitated by the death of his brother who was 12 when Matthew was 9. Fluctuating between present day therapy and flashes of the past the sorry tale slowly emerges. It is an enthralling read about the effects of mental illness.
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2013.
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The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name's Simon. I think you're going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he'll be dead. And he was never the same after that.' There are books you can't stop reading, which keep you up all night. There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real. There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days. The Shock of the Fall is all of these books. The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man's descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.
'A stunning novel. Ambitious and exquisitely realised, it's by turns shocking, harrowing and heartrending. The writing is so accomplished it's hard to believe it's a debut - it's clearly the work of a major new talent' - S J Watson
'Nathan Filer is following in the footsteps of Mark Haddon's genre-setting The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. Both funny and painful... you're going to love it' - DAILY MAIL
'Bittersweet and wonderfully etched...perceptive and moving' - DAILY TELEGRAPH
'A deeply moving (but also funny) first novel' - Kate Saunders THE TIMES
'I found it dark, touching, sweet and funny and beautifully written...one of the best books about mental illness.' - Jo Brand
'A compelling story of grief, madness and loss. Filer has an ear for the dark comedy of life, and Matthew is a charismatic lead character who draws you in even as his world falls apart' - OBSERVER MAGAZINE
'A tragic and comic account of living with schizophrenia. A must for fans of Matthew Quick's The Silver Linings Playbook' - GQ
'A stunning debut - sad, poignant, real and very very readable. For a first time novelist, Filer has an impressive grasp of complex narrative, and a character we can all care about' - Stella Duffy, author of The Room of Lost Thing
'A terrific debut: engaging, funny and inventive' - Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine
'Told in the first person the book has been compared to Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time and is by turns poignant, funny and harrowing.' DAILY EXPRESS
'The Shock of the fall by Nathan Filer wins Costa Book of the Year ‘It’s a triumph! a ground cracking triumph! Read this book, and hear voices in a new way. Nathan’s style classically ‘shows’ how we live in our words..and goes a long way to demystify ..shamelessly he re-sheds a light in story form on ‘the map is not the territory’ in a way that is respectful and shakes and wakes us all up. What a moving story Congratulations Nathan on being a Mental Health Nurse and on producing such an award spinning book.'
Eva Le Bon author of Bring down the Moon
About the Author
Publication date7th January 2014
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PublisherThe Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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