The Shock of the Fall

The Shock of the Fall

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By (author) Nathan Filer

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 222mm x 29mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 9 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007491433
  • ISBN 13: 9780007491438
  • Sales rank: 177,001

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'I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce 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.' The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man's descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

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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.

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'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 '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 'A page-turner, tender and tragic, told in a vulnerable voice that steps in and out of madness. Vivid and haunting, I keep replaying this story in my mind, reliving it, long after having read the final page' Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice 'I have become an evangelist for The Shock of the Fall. It won me heart and soul with it's crazy, wild, fine voice, its bravura, its ambition, its harrowing corners, and the dense rich tiny core of love at its glowing, radiant center. I loved this book cover to cover and word by word; I want to give it to everyone I care for' Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty 'Original and affecting. Filer's ability to capture Matthew's voice shows a special talent' Heidi W. Durrow, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky