Nathan Filer began his writing career as a stand-up poet, featuring regularly at many of the UK’s leading poetry nights and festivals, including Latitude, Port Eliot, Shambala, Big Chill, Glastonbury and the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
He has written for the Guardian and the New York Times. His BBC Radio 4 documentary, The Mind in the Media, which explored portrayals of mental illness in fiction and journalism, was shortlisted for a Mind Media Award. He’s currently a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
His debut novel The Shock of the Fall – which describes the life of a young man with schizophrenia – was published in 2013 to wide critical acclaim. It won The Costa Book of the Year, The Betty Trask Prize, The National Book Award for Popular Fiction and The Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel. It is a Sunday Times Bestseller and has been translated into thirty languages. The English language editions alone have sold over half a million copies.
His latest book is The Heartland: finding and losing schizophrenia. A powerful work of non-fiction, it is the follow-up to of the Fall and an important contribution to our understanding of and relationship to schizophrenia – an illness that sits at the heart of our cultural, social and individuated relationships to mental health.
In The Heartland, the follow up to his Costa novel of the year Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer, a former mental health nurse, invites us to spend time in the company of some extraordinary people whose lives have been affected by this most strange of human conditions, and to discover their complex, surprising, painful, funny and […]