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.’

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

Sunday Herald

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

‘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

‘Bittersweet and wonderfully etched’

The Telegraph

‘Astonishingly sure-footed’

Rose Tremain

‘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 gripping, exhilarating read… dazzlingly rendered’

The Guardian

‘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

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‘At once conversational, confiding and challenging… helps us open our minds to new ways of thinking about mental health, about each other, and about our own selves’

The Bookseller