The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall

  • Release Date: May 9th, 2013
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Available File Format: PDF - ePUB - KINDLE - MOBI - AZW
  • File Size: 5.3 MB
Score: 4.5
From 481 Ratings





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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.’

There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.

There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.

There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.

The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.

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.


‘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’

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

‘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

About the author

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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  • Uncomfortable but real

    By Busy 30 something
    The portrayal of Matt and the struggles he faced with his mental health left me squirming and wanting to ease some of the pain. I liked how the novel explored the inward looking aspects of mental ill health and how isolating this can be. It felt like the theme of grief ran perfectly alongside this too. Is there anything more isolating than pain that comes from loss? The book was without a happy ending per se, which felt very real. However I liked that there was some hope. After each night the sun rises again. This was the pattern that I picked up.
  • Love it

    By scooby L
    This is a good book. I couldn’t put it down. Read it in a day.
  • Wonderful

    By Desidério Ortelá
    A marvellous read that won't let you put your phone or tablet down. Really compelling and intriguing the way that you get inside the character's head!
  • Great

    By jemmapurpleturtle
    An amazing story of mental health illness and life's struggles. I couldn't put it down
  • Good one

    By Rya24
    In the beginning it was hard to read, but as much as u turn the pages it gets as easier to read. I really liked it and was good and useful to put yourself in the mind of a schizophrenic person.
  • The shock of the fall

    By Tripleijo
    I Personally think this book had some good bits and then got a little repetitive in some places. Overall i was a little dismayed to learn that Matt was not Matt telling his own story .. I did enjoy the story and thought it very well written . A good read !
  • Amazing

    By Bookloverionaxox
    Honestly amazing. I read this book in two days. If you love this book try Room by Emma Donoghue.
  • Very moving :)

    By Leah180596
    This book is very realistic which is something I'm sure most people with mental illness's will appreciated (including myself) it is beautifully written when it comes to how he's feeling and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. On the other hand I do with the book had more of a flow to the story. I just felt certain parts moved on rapidly and didn't flow as well as they could have. Other than that I would recommend this book (only to a specific audience though)
  • Great book

    By Kh1551
    A brilliant read and a little bit different. I really enjoyed this book
  • Memorable

    By Cristalowl
    One of the best books I have read in a long time and one of the few I will recommend to other people. I feel a need to discuss and compare other people's views of this book with mine as I feel we will all benefit and learn from it.