Nathan Filer - The Shock of the Fall
Kate Atkinson's Novel
Lucy Hughes-Hallet's Biography
Michael Symmons Roberts's Poetry
Nathan Filer's First Novel
Chris Riddell's Children's Book
It was certainly entertaining, and I found I never grew tired of any moment of it. The events were not grand, but were comfortably English and, in a way, humbling too. The voice is of course the strongest aspect of the book, but what gets this full marks is Filer's appreciation of the intelligence of his readers. He does not spoon-feed or repeat; instead he uses carefully placed motifs and ideas that take form in our mind because we remember reading about such-and-such many pages before. It is intelligently written.
As a mental health nurse himself, Nathan has created an interesting, unfiltered picture of mental health. "Mental health care in the UK," he says "is in an utter, God-awful mess."
The main character, Matthew, is roughly my age too - so there are warming references to Super Mario and the like.
Jo Brand, a former mental health nurse herself.
Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine