The Heartland: finding and losing schizophrenia (Hardback)Nathan Filer (author)
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The bestselling author of The Shock of the Fall is also a former mental health nurse, and Heartland is his attempt to convey the complexity and nuance surrounding that most misunderstood of conditions – schizophrenia. Written with the grace of a novelist and the clarity of an expert, this is a profoundly important and timely work.
In The Heartland, Nathan Filer, a former mental health nurse, invites us to spend time in the company of some extraordinary people whose lives have been affected by this most strange of human conditions, and to discover their complex, surprising, painful, funny and ultimately relatable stories.
The Shock of the Fall was the debut that seemingly arrived from nowhere and ultimately sold some half a million copies in the UK alone, bagging the Costa Book of the Year and establishing Nathan Filer as one of the decade’s most significant new voices. Now Filer considers psychiatry’s traditional heartland of schizophrenia, challenging its orthodoxy with a mesmeric, important collage of essays and first-person encounters.
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Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 385 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 18 mm
'(In) his eloquent, even handed new book…Filer thinks like a novelist…his purpose is to humanise…open up new ways of thinking and help make vulnerable people's lives better.' - The Saturday Telegraph
Praise for The Shock of the Fall:
'Exceptionally moving without being sentimental - we're very much hoping there will be more from this writer... astonishingly sure-footed...' - Rose Tremain
'A gripping, exhilarating read... passages that have a sort of simple poetry' - The Guardian
'Authentic, funny and hauntingly sad' - The Sunday Times
'The simple prose is spot-on as the plain, honest voice of a teenager...smart eye for human foibles...a poignant, moving story that well deserves its Costa win' - Independent