Costa Book Award winner announced
29 January 2014
It's been the centre of conversation here in the w&h office since New Year, so when it was announced that Nathan Filer's fantastic first novel, The Shock Of The Fall, had scooped the Costa Book Award prize last night, we were far from surprised.
Filer, on the other hand, wasn't quite so confident! The former mental health nurse was evidently shocked when he claimed his £30,000 prize at the ceremony in central London, having beaten out established novelists such as Kate Atkinson and Lucy Hughes-Hallett.
The debut novel focuses on the experience of 19-year-old Matthew Holmes as he descends in to psychosis following the death of his brother at a Dorset holiday park. Chairman of the judging panel, Rose Tremain, described it as an 'astonishingly sure footed' first novel, before praising Filer for his ability to bring such a complicated and moving subject matter to life.
We dare anyone not to become captivated by the touching and oddly humourous narrative, as told from Matthew's perspective.
Congratulations Nathan on a well-deserved win! Find out what the rest of the competition had to offer with our shortlist round-up...
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