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Congratulations to Nathan Filer, the winner of the Costa Book of the Year for The Shock of the Fall, having already won the Costa prize for the best first novel. He is a mental health nurse and writes knowledgeably about the schizophrenia and grief of nineteen year old Matthew after the childhood death of his older brother. The book has been described as 'deeply moving....but also funny.' Full of suspense, you cannot put down. It had already created a stir when it was bought for a very large sum by Harper Collins.
Nathan is also a performance poet and adventurous in other ways too having once been arrested and deported from Israel trying to enter the West Bank on human rights work. His book will be published in 12 countries - including Israel.
As with Andrew Miller, a previous Costa Book of the Year winner, he comes from the West Country; Andrew, who spoke at the Wells Festival of Literature in 2012, comes from Somerset and Nathan from Bristol. We are very keen to invite him to speak at Wells this October to continue the tradition!
The Wells Festival of Literature 2014 runs from October 11th to 18th.