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.’

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

Evening Standard

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

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

Jo Brand

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

S J Watson

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

GQ

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

The Times

‘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’

Daily Mail

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

Sunday Herald

‘Astonishingly sure-footed’

Rose Tremain

‘A gripping, exhilarating read… dazzlingly rendered’

The Guardian

‘A truly important book. Radically open-hearted and vitally open-minded. Read it, and share it, and talk about it.’

Max Porter