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.’

‘Astonishingly sure-footed’

Rose Tremain

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

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

S J Watson

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

Evening Standard

‘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

‘Astonishingly sure-footed’

Rose Tremain

‘Bittersweet and wonderfully etched’

The Telegraph

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

GQ

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

Jo Brand

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

The Sunday Times

‘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