The Shock of the Fall: Nathan Filer

The Shock of the FallWe’ve picked Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall for the next discussion. This has been all over the media recently as it is the debut novel category winner for this year’s Costa Book Prize. Leilah read it last spring and loved it. It’s clear why this was subject to an 11-way bidding war!

We’ll be discussing it on Monday 24th January, 5.30pm for 6pm, Cafe Bar at Cast (the new theatre venue opposite the central library) and look forward to seeing you all there, directions and map.

If you’d like to buy it from Waterstones Doncaster, copies are plentiful in store, so just tell the staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.

Book details


‘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.

Published: 07/01/2014

Publisher: The Borough Press

ISBN: 9780007491452