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‘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
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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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Author: Nathan Filer
'There was the shock of the fall and the blood on my knee...'
A book with a schizophrenic protagonist is a delicate balancing act. One which Filer excels at.
Matthew - our point-of-view narrator - is a complex, realistic character. He doesn't fall head-long into stereotypes, but neither is his illness ignored.
He is mentally ill. He is also a nineteen-year-old boy in Bristol. One who wants to tell his own story, thank you very much.
He wants people to listen to him - even if he's not making much sense, he still wants to be heard. And it's the characters who listen to him - even if they ultimately disagree with his opinions - who Matt prefers.
Because people with mental illnesses don't just want to be talked at, over, or around. They want you to hear them out, even if you make decisions that go against their wishes, they'd still like their wishes to at least be acknowledged.
We want you to understand that we are not children. We are adults who are ill.
If you made a decision for a cancer patient without at least listening to their opinion, there would be uproar. Make a decision for a mental health patient without asking their opinion? Meh.
But Filer explains this without ever explaining it. He simply allows the character to tell his story, and places the reader in Matt's shoes for a while.
Not that he paints Matt as an angel - far from it. He's not some martyred saint. He's a real person, with all the flaws and quirks that brings.
He's not pitied, but neither is he demonised. And that is an incredible achievement.
And I love the non-linear structure.
We experience the story as Matt does - with flitting thoughts as he moves from one train of thought to another. We experience his present as well as his past, complete with complaints at people reading over his shoulder.
This is an excellent book guys. Read it.
(This review originally appeared on Diary of a Reading Addict (DORA))
despite the heavy and serious subject matter, it avoided being gloomy and even was a bit funny in parts- more darness than light but still a good mix.
Was surprised to read after I finished it, that the author is a professor of creative writing which often means, from other books I've read by creative writing graduates, that they are full of too many words which are over-blown and unneccessary- no such problem as it is very tautly written and sparing with the use of laguage.
The voice of Matt was totally authentic and consistent between his various ages. Some of the mantal health workers and teams were shown in all their myriad forms including real sensitivity and care as well as the dreadful PC language which has infiltated our care services.
Also thought his parents and Nanny were done so well too- not heavy- handed at all but sketched in lightly but totally believably whilst keeping,rightly, the main focus on Matt.
loved the use of different fonts which was a very different and useful device.
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Matt is sensitively portrayed, though hopelessly unreliable as a narrator, in the vein of Salinger's Holden Caulfield (whom Flier acknowledges as an influence for Matt's character in an interview appended at the end of the book), or even Fitzgerald's Nick Carraway, as he tries to confront the truth of his actions, and as he struggles with feelings of guilt. He acknowledges that "we don't get to choose what we keep" at various points in the novel as he pieces together vignettes formed by his spotty memory, that blocks out the trauma of the inciting event that Flier withholds from the reader, creating much suspense.
That Flier is a registered nurse who researched quite a bit on mental health gives the novel some gravitas as he explores the inner workings of a disturbed Matt, and presents him from the inside out, so the reader understands the reality of his world. My only gripe with this otherwise brilliant work is the unevenly paced denouement, where perhaps in an attempt to be cathartic, had a sense of being too sweetly resolved.