How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!
‘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.
My sister picked up The Shock Of The Fall at last year’s Hay Festival. She was pulled towards the hardback cover, which is gorgeous and the synopsis which is incredibly intriguing. She didn’t intend to read it soon, so she gave it for me to read! The Shock Of The Fall is an impressive debut novel. It’s very emotional, but strong at the same time. Nathan Filer doesn’t hold back from exploring how difficult mental illness is.
The Shock Of The Fall tells the story of Matthew Homes, a young man who is suffering with mental illness. It covers the time period from when he lost his brother to his current journey. Matthew’s story is handled sensitively, but it is brutally honest, written by an author who understands these issues.
Although this isn’t the cheeriest of subjects, it’s not difficult to read. The unique way in which its written makes the reader step inside Matthew’s head. You really feel like you know him, his family, his friends and the professionals he encounters along the way. The reader learns about his dealings with the medical system, his guilt over what happened to his brother and his schizophrenia.
I think The Shock Of The Fall is an impressive, powerful debut novel. I was surprised that this was Nathan Filer’s debut novel, the writing was incredibly assured. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a tough, but honest read about mental illness.
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!