This is not a ghost story

Thomas Jones

  • BuyThe Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
    Borough, 320 pp, £7.99, January, ISBN 978 0 00 749145 2

Nathan Filer seems, by all accounts, a very nice man. Despite being given a six-figure advance from HarperCollins for his first novel, getting glowing reviews, winning the Costa Book Award and topping the bestseller lists, he says he means to keep up his registration as a mental health nurse and work occasional shifts. He collected the Costa prize three days after getting married and wore the same suit to both ceremonies. As for the book, the Costa judges said that The Shock of the Fall is ‘so good it will make you feel a better person’, though that may be the last thing anyone should ask of a novel.

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