The 2013 Costa Book of the Year Award goes to The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer who wins the overall prize and a cheque for £30,000.
Following the judging, Rose Tremain CBE, chair of the final judges, said: “This book stood out in a very good list. The voice in which the author has chosen to tell his story is perfectly aligned with the subject matter and very well sustained to the end.” She continued, “The book is exceptionally moving without being sentimental – we’re very much hoping there will be more from this writer.” Costa Press Release
‘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. (more on GoodReads)