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

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

The Sunday Times

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

Evening Standard

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

S J Watson

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

Sunday Herald

‘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’


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

Jo Brand

‘Astonishingly sure-footed’

Rose Tremain

‘A terrific debut: engaging, funny and inventive’

Joe Dunthorne

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

Christie Watson