The Shock of the Fall | Nathan Filer The Shock of The Fall
- An incredibly moving account of a man’s descent into schizophrenia
- Gripping exploration of grief, guilt & the mental health system
- Debut novel by Nathan Filer
- Winner of the Costa First Novel Award
- The ultimate in escapism
“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 Nathan Filer’s gripping debut novel, and a book you won’t be able to put down.
Narrated by Matt Homes as he descends into schizophrenia following the death of his older brother Simon, who had Downs Syndrome, the book is an expertly-written exploration of mental health, institutions (how they get it right and how they get it wrong) and grief.
We learn at the beginning that Simon dies in an accident, and from what Homes calls ‘the shock of the fall’. A haunting account of his guilt underpins the remainder of the story, and Filer expertly keeps us on tenterhooks, only revealing the true cause at the end of the book. In between, the story offers an exhilarating exploration of his mental deterioration and the effects on his family.
With included illustrations and varying typefaces to provide a visual reflection of his mental state, the boredom Homes feels with the imposed routine, and the impersonal staff treating, Filer’s experience as a registered mental health are at times obvious in this literary masterpiece. Worthy of the Costa Book of the Year Award and a place on your book shelf, you’ll be enthralled by every page.
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