The Shock of the Fall (Paperback)Nathan Filer (author)
- In stock online
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013
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.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
'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
'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' - The Daily Mail
'Bittersweet and wonderfully etched...perceptive and moving' - The Daily Telegraph
'Utterly convincing... great craft' -The Evening Standard
'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
'Poignant, funny and harrowing' - The Daily Express
'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' - The Obeserver 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
'A terrific debut: engaging, funny and inventive' - Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine
You may also be interested in...
I simply cannot believe this is the author's first novel. It's really well written, well structured, captivating - I could hardly put the book down. I was always fascinated by the human psychology and mental... More
“A remarkable book”
"The Shock Of The Fall" was a remarkable book to read. It wasn't fast paced, or too slow. It didn't spin a tale of wonder, it simply told the truth. Nathan Filer found a way to make the narrator,... More
“An accurate and profound example of mental illness”
As a mental health professional for a number of years I was intrigued to read this debut novel on a subject matter close to my heart. With some reservations before reading this book I quickly learned that rather than... More
Please sign in to write a review