The Shock of the Fall

The Shock of the Fall

Book - 2015 | First St. Martin's Griffin edition
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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 brother back. 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.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, [2015]
Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250028136
Branch Call Number: F FIL
Characteristics: 310 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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LoganLib_JennyI Mar 20, 2019

Filer's training as a registered mental health nurse adds credibility to this fictional story of a family tree devastated by mental illness. Filer won the COSTA (previously WHITBREAD) FIRST NOVEL AWARD for this heartbreaking, funny and well written family story.
The portrayal of Matthew's illness (schizophrenia) was sensitive and sympathetic as Filer described Matt's feelings about his treatment in the mental health care system.

May 28, 2017

Very good writing skills as well as all his other skills - a good man -

Aug 28, 2016

Also published under the title, "Shock of the Fall". Costa Book of the Year and other awards. This novel tells the story of the impact of the death of a Down's Syndrome child on his younger brother and it addresses many issues in the mental health field including the lack of state support.

Aug 04, 2015

It's sad and very depressing book. Not for me at all.

Feb 25, 2015

Sad, strange, at times confusing. More like an autobiography than fiction. I didn't like the ending.

Jun 18, 2014

Absolutely brilliant ! I could not put this book down. A very good insight into the world of mental illness, and family dynamics. I laughed and cried, and I will always remember this book.

Nov 27, 2013

This was a beautifully written book about Matthew whose brother Simon died when they were little boys and Matthew is now 19 and living with schizophrenia. Matthew "sees" his brother in the ocean tide, the wind, the birthday candle flames and when he tries to reach out for him he only succeeds in attempting to kill himself. The book is written in different fonts and writing styles with pictures and drawings all adding to the frame of mind Matthew is in while he is writing the book. I guess I didn't say that...that the book is written by Matthew, from his perspective. It takes you through his thought processes on any given day in the life of a person with mental illness. I couldn't put the book down. It just flowed so beautifully.

Nov 26, 2013

an insight into the tragedy of schizophrenia told from the point of view of the sufferer. the story unfolds slowly as it draws you into his world as a teenager/young adult. It is told with humour, irony and at times cynicism. well worth reading and persevering with it-though after a stumbling start I found it flowed quite smoothly and a fairly easy, if at times disturbing, read.

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LoganLib_JennyI Mar 20, 2019

LoganLib_JennyI thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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