He began his writing career as a stand-up poet, featuring at many of the UK’s leading poetry nights and festivals. His poems have been broadcast on radio and television. His short film Oedipus won the BBC Best New Filmaker Award and Berlin’s Zebra Poetry Film Award.
His novel The Shock of the Fall – which describes the life of a young man grieving the loss of his brother – was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into thirty languages. It won the 2013 Costa Book of the Year, the Betty Trask Prize, the National Book Award for Popular Fiction and the Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel.
He has written for the Guardian, New York Times and HuffPost. His BBC Radio 4 documentary The Mind in the Media, which explored portrayals of mental illness in fiction and journalism, was shortlisted for a Mind Media Award.
His latest book is The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia. This work of non-fiction won The Big Anxiety Prize Lecture, awarded in association with the University of New South Wales for ‘a creative thinker advancing the discussion of mental health’.
Nathan holds an Honorary Doctorate in Liberal Arts from Abertay University, conferred in recognition of his role in raising awareness of mental health issues through literature.
He is a Reader and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.