“The Shock of the Fall is 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, author of Before I Go To Sleep

“A gripping, exhilarating read… dazzlingly rendered

The Guardian

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

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


“Bittersweet and wonderfully etched

The Telegraph

A deeply moving (but also funny) first novel

The Times

“Filer has an incisive eye for detail… authentic, funny and hauntingly sad

The Sunday Times

Utterly convincing… Filer has created a character of real value

Evening Standard

“A convincing portrayal of an articulate boy in the grip of a powerful illness, and an absorbing account of a grief undischarged”

Sunday Herald

A tragic and comic account of living with schizophrenia. A must for fans of Matthew Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook


“Astonishingly sure-footed”

Rose Tremain

“I found it dark, touching, sweet and funny and beautifully written

Jo Brand

“A unique new voice, that in its humour, stark honesty and intriguing mix of bitterness and humanity will touch the hearts of every reader. A haunting, beautiful, unputdownable debut”

Abigail Tarttelin, author of Golden Boy

“Nathan Filer has done something special. It’s rare that an author offers such an authentic and unflinching view into the mind of a character; Matthew Homes is as fully realized a protagonist as I have ever encountered. It won’t take long for readers to fall in love

Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

“Original and affecting. Filer’s ability to capture Matthew’s voice shows a special talent”

Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

“A terrific debut: engaging, funny and inventive”

Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine

“A stunning debut – sad, poignant, real and very very readable”

Stella Duffy, author of The Room of Lost Things

“Unsentimental, frank, and strange, Filer’s narrator is the most likable nut since Kesey’s ‘Chief’”

Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine

“A page-turner, tender and tragic, told in a vulnerable voice that steps in and out of madness.  Vivid and haunting, I keep replaying this story in my mind, reliving it, long after having read the final page”

Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice

“I loved this book cover to cover and word by word; I want to give it to everyone I care for, and I want to keep it for myself to reread over and over”

Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-up Kind of Pretty