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.’

‘Dark, touching, sweet and funny and beautifully written’

Jo Brand

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

‘A deeply moving (but also funny) first novel’

The Times

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

Evening Standard

‘A terrific debut: engaging, funny and inventive’

Joe Dunthorne

‘Bittersweet and wonderfully etched’

The Telegraph

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

The Sunday Times

‘A gripping, exhilarating read… dazzlingly rendered’

The Guardian

‘Dark, touching, sweet and funny and beautifully written’

Jo Brand

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


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

Christie Watson