Review: ‘The Shock of the Fall’ by Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer was a Costa Book Awards 2013 winner. The book itself details the life of Matthew Homes, and his life with schizophrenia and grief.

When reading the first-person narrative of Matthew’s character, I could see why Nathan Filer said he took inspiration from Mark Haddon’s character, Christopher Boone, from The Curious of the Dog in the Night Time. Within minutes of reading, the mental aspect of Matthew’s life, as well as his story, begins to unfold in an intriguing and interesting fashion.

Throughout the story, we see different parts of Matthew’s illness, all handled sensitively by the author. Furthermore, Nathan Filer’s experience as a mental health nurse has certainly helped him to deliver an accurate story about Matthew’s life with schizophrenia.

I anticipate Nathan Filer’s next book.

Liam

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