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Nathan Filer is a registered mental health nurse. He is also a performance poet, contributing regularly to literary events across the UK. His work has been broadcast on television and radio. The Shock of the Fall is his first novel.
`Exceptionally moving without being sentimental - we're very much hoping there will be more from this writer... astonishingly sure-footed...' Rose Tremain `A gripping, exhilarating read... passages that have a sort of simple poetry' GUARDIAN `Authentic, funny and hauntingly sad' SUNDAY TIMES `The simple prose is spot-on as the plain, honest voice of a teenager...smart eye for human foibles...a poignant, moving story that well deserves its Costa win' INDEPENDENT `A stunning novel. Ambitious and exquisitely realised, it's by turns shocking, harrowing and heartrending. The writing is so accomplished it's hard to believe it's a debut - it's clearly the work of a major new talent' S J Watson `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 `Bittersweet and wonderfully etched...perceptive and moving' DAILY TELEGRAPH `Utterly convincing... great craft' EVENING STANDARD `A deeply moving (but also funny) first novel' Kate Saunders THE TIMES `I found it dark, touching, sweet and funny and beautifully written...one of the best books about mental illness.' Jo Brand `Poignant, funny and harrowing' DAILY EXPRESS `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 MAGAZINE `A tragic and comic account of living with schizophrenia. A must for fans of Matthew Quick's The Silver Linings Playbook' GQ `A stunning debut - sad, poignant, real and very very readable. For a first time novelist, Filer has an impressive grasp of complex narrative, and a character we can all care about' Stella Duffy, author of The Room of Lost Thing `A terrific debut: engaging, funny and inventive' Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine