The Shock of the Fall

‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce you to 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.’

‘Ambitious and exquisitely realised, it’s by turns shocking, harrowing and heartrending’

S J Watson

Winner Of

The Costa Book Of The Year

The National Book Award For Popular Fiction

The Betty Trask Prize

The Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel

‘Astonishingly sure-footed’

Rose Tremain

‘Filer has an incisive eye for detail… authentic, funny and hauntingly sad’

The Sunday Times

‘A tragic and comic account of living with schizophrenia. A must for fans of Matthew Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook’

GQ

‘Bittersweet and wonderfully etched’

The Telegraph

‘Utterly convincing… Filer has created a character of real value’

Evening Standard

‘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

‘A convincing portrayal of an articulate boy in the grip of a powerful illness, and an absorbing account of a grief undischarged’

Sunday Herald

‘Ambitious and exquisitely realised, it’s by turns shocking, harrowing and heartrending’

S J Watson

‘Erudite, well-researched and full of compassion, shedding an important light on the human cost of serious mental illness.’

Christie Watson