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 deeply moving (but also funny) first novel’

The Times

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

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

Evening Standard

‘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

‘Bittersweet and wonderfully etched’

The Telegraph

‘A terrific debut: engaging, funny and inventive’

Joe Dunthorne

‘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 hard-hitting and thoughtful account of contemporary mental-health practices'

The Sunday Times