Conville & Walsh literary agency are delighted to announce that Nathan Filer has won the Best Popular Novel category in the Specsavers National Book Awards, for his book The Shock of the Fall.
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.
Nathan used his acceptance speech to lambast government cuts to mental health care, telling the audience that ‘our mental health services are in crisis’ and that we should not call ourselves a civilised society while our most vulnerable members were being shamelessly neglected.
Having beaten off stiff competition from Emma Healey, Caitlin Moran, Kate Mosse and Santa Montefiore, The Shock of the Fall is now in the running against other category winners for the overall Book of the Year. You can vote for the book you want to win here. The novel won the Costa Book of the Year and the Betty Trask Prize earlier in the year, and the book has now sold more than 300,000 copies. To celebrate, The Borough Press are donating copies to the NHS SWIMS library network via the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and The Reading Agency (as reported in the Telegraph).
27 Nov 2014