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 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.
The Sunday Times named his latest work of non-fiction The Heartland (also published as This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health) as one of its Books of the Year. The Observer called it ‘a book that everyone should read’. It has been lauded by The Times, The Telegraph, The Spectator, Evening Standard and Literary Review.
Nathan is the recipient of The Big Anxiety Prize, awarded in association with the University of New South Wales for ‘a creative thinker advancing the discussion of mental health’. And he 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.