The Shock of the Fall

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The Shock of the Fall captures this perfectly. This novel is so astute and portrays mental illness with such a respectfulness, deftness and simplicity. It is not only very impressive, but also, with the number of sectioned patients in this country continually rising, it makes this an incredibly important piece of work. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article or in the comments below, are not those held by CALM or its Trustees unless stated, and liability cannot be accepted for such comments. We encourage friendly and constructive debate, but please don't share personal contact details when commenting and exercise caution when considering any advice offered by others.

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Being there for your mates when things…. Marvin Sordell is passionate about two of his core motivations: helping people and being creative. His football career took him to the likes of Fulham, Watford,…. Need help? While on vacation with their parents, Matthew Homes and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found a way to bring his What begins as the story of a lost boy turns into a story of a brave man yearning to understand what happened that night, in the years since, and to his very person. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found a way to bring his brother back Unafraid to look at the shadows of our hearts, Nathan Filer's rare and brilliant debut shows us the strength that is rooted in resilience and love.

They said that the title change was necessary "because otherwise there's a lot of confusion" - The Shock and The Fall recently won the Costa Book of the Year award, which is UK based but has international renown. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published May 9th by Harper Collins first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Shock of the Fall , please sign up. I started reading this book but just couldn't get into it and had to stop reading, please someone tell that it gets better..?

Brad Coleman I suppose some books aren't for everyone. I picked this up and couldn't put it down. I thought it was fantastic! This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [So did he kill his brother or not? Samantha This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Did anyone actually read the book?! Yes, Simon is ill, and carrying Matthew after Matthew falls down doesn't do his health any good. However, it's …more Did anyone actually read the book?! However, it's actually a few days later that Simon dies, by falling himself at the same location that Matthew did.

Unfortunately he's not as lucky as Matthew; and therefore Matthews feels guilt because he was unable to save his brother. See all 11 questions about The Shock of the Fall…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 18, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: mentalillness , novels.

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer - REVIEW

Another novel to prove, if proof was needed, how utterly heartless and without pity I am becoming. Sorry, Nathan Filer, I come to rain all over your parade. Well, quite a lot of it. There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.

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Referring to the world of the s Another novel to prove, if proof was needed, how utterly heartless and without pity I am becoming. There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days. Wow, fire that blurb writer! For days you say?! Sheer skill? I suppose with not so much skill a book will only linger for minutes. So yeah, they still crank out this silly OTT hypegloop. I was almost completely unthrilled.

It was tiresome. The fake suspense of waiting to find out what you figure out roughly from page 5 does not kill you. It just makes you think oh are they still using this plot device? They should really stop. I thought I would only write a three line bah-humbug review, but the sheer skill with which every single word was chosen has made the crabbiness I felt linger in my mind for… hours. Maybe it is, maybe it will. The regime is almost designed to engender fear and distrust. And drugs are administered to them, all of which have horrible side effects even the drugs they give you to combat the side effects of the first drugs.

So, the patients become locked into a low-level interior guerrilla war against the people who are trying to help them. The staff are their enemies even the nice ones. I just hate not having the choice to get rid of them. The terminology is dehumanising. Their lives are deserts of idle hours spent smoking with a guy who talks to his tattoos.

Or daytime tv, your choice. Last time I went into the office to borrow the Nursing Dictionary, I counted three mugs, a mouse mat, a bunch of pens, two Post-It note booklets and the wall clock — all sporting the brands of different medicines. It's like being in prison and having to look at adverts for fucking locks. When I opened a bottle of Dr Pepper and the caramel bubbles fizzed over the rim, he was asking me to come out and play. He could speak through an itch, the certainty of a sneeze, the after-taste of tablets, or the way sugar fell from a spoon.

No doubt at all, this book has its heart in the right place, unlike mine, which was abandoned a long time ago in a left luggage locker in a train station in a town whose name I no longer recall. View all 63 comments. I'm nineteen years old, and the only thing I have any control over in my entire world is the way I choose to tell this story. So I'm hardly going to fuck about. It would be nice if you'd try to trust me. The focus on the frailty of the human mind is something that resonates really strongly with me, "This is my life.

The focus on the frailty of the human mind is something that resonates really strongly with me, and telling these stories is vital. Certainly for me, they remind me that none of us are alone in our suffering. The Shock of the Fall follows Matt, and his deteriorating mental health after the death of his brother Simon. We don't find out straight away how Simon died, and Matthew's story is not told chronologically, so at times you have to try and remember where you are.

It moves from his childhood with his parents including a mother who was also mentally unwell, to his time living by himself in his flat and finally to the time he spends in a mental hospital. This book was so well written, with several parts repeated to indicate the breakdown within Matt's mind. I know very little about schizophrenia, so to read a book focusing on a character's suffering with this illness was enlightening and frightening all at once.

View all 12 comments. Mar 29, P-eggy rated it it was ok Shelves: read , reviews , reviewed , fiction. I always find it hard to write reviews about meh books. Books I love, books I hate, I have strong feelings towards them, but meh What do you say? The book is supposedly revelations of how it really is to be schizophrenic and what life in a mental institution is really like and the author is a mental nurse so he knows.

As the book has won many awards I was expecting the writing to be better than competent. Perhaps I was expecting too much having just read the searingly brilliant Man Booker pri I always find it hard to write reviews about meh books. I must have missed something. I didn't see Matthew's insanity at all. True, his dead brother was his constant companion, although it isn't until the last part of the book referred to that much.

True he acts oddly on occasion. But only on occasion, most of the time he seems to be a rather boring young man with nothing much to say, except about himself a point he himself makes. His thoughts don't seem particularly disordered. Nothing he says or does seems to lead one to think he is terribly ill and needs to be locked up in a secure unit and medicated with endless pills and injections. I've known a few schizophrenics, two very well, one before he was treated and he was mad but lovely, I loved him and the other after he was medicated he was still very disordered indeed but able to go to college.

I also grew up knowing several. Adding to that the books, especially in the last year or so I've read on schizophrenia, they all share one thing in common - a frame of reference when they are psychotic that has an internal logic, but is unique to them and always problematic given that it is quite different from how the world works. I didn't see this in the book at all. As far as how it really is in mental institutions, how the staff really are, there were no revelations.

It was exactly like in tv show. Most of the patients have little to do, just medication to take, are herded from the tv room to therapy to crafts, and all of them chain-smoking. A few of the patients' behaviour is so peculiar that most of the other patients who are "ill" think that they are crazy. I just don't know what was supposed to be so brilliant about this book.

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So 2 stars meh, it was all right. And that's the best I can say about it. View all 7 comments. Shelves: young-adult. I read this for Kimi's birthday tomorrow, Nov. I'm posting it now because I might be too busy tomorrow. It is a daring but successful endeavor on the part of the aut I read this for Kimi's birthday tomorrow, Nov. It is a daring but successful endeavor on the part of the author to unravel the tangled world a person with schizophrenia lives in. The pacing however was a little slow and the plot tended to be monotonous and at times repetitive. The sporadic, garbled kind of writing has an intriguing quality to it especially during the first half of the story and it made perfect sense because of the condition of the narrator.

But after more than pages of said writing, the novelty began to wane and it started to become a bit irritating.

View all 18 comments. This book was beautiful. I'm tempted to flip back to the first page and read it again. View all 6 comments. It only seems fitting that someone like me who clearly has an undiagnosed mental disorder would flag the holy hell out of a book about a fellow with a mental disorder. It also seems fitting that I should let Matthew do most of the talking when it comes to telling you what this book is about. She has a broad chin that she is very self-conscious about. She sniffs the milk before she drinks it. She loves me.

And she is mad. He wears a leather jacket because he used to ride a motorbike. He calls me mon ami. And he loves me. I really do. And he was never the same after that. I hear them all the time. View all 10 comments. A heartbreakingly beautiful account of trauma, grief, and mental illness. Still processing so much about this story, but it's one that will stay with me for a while.

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View 1 comment. It must be me since reviews of this book were overly positive but I honestly don't know why I took the time to finish reading this novel. I'm baffled by comments that this story could make anyone laugh and cry. It is certainly neither stunning nor a book that one would have a hard time putting down, and I would never recommend this book considering the wealth of options available to readers.

The only positive aspect of this novel is that it presents a very realistic glimpse of what mental illness It must be me since reviews of this book were overly positive but I honestly don't know why I took the time to finish reading this novel. The only positive aspect of this novel is that it presents a very realistic glimpse of what mental illness looks and feels like. The site uses cookies to offer you a better experience. By continuing to browse the site you accept our Cookie Policy, you can change your settings at any time.

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Winner of the Costa Book of the Year I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. 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. The Shock of the Fall is all of these books. 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' - The Obeserver Magazine 'A tragic and comic account of living with schizophrenia.

For a first time novelist, Filer has an impressive grasp of complex narrative, and a character we can all care about' - Stella Duffy 'A terrific debut: engaging, funny and inventive' - Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine. Added to basket. The Man Who Didn't Call. Rosie Walsh. The Testaments.

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