Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Shock of Nathan

I so much enjoyed Nathan Filer’s conversation (it was not really a presentation) about schizophrenia and how and why he wrote The Shock of the Fall.  I felt that I learned a great deal about the condition both from his book and from Nathan himself.  I know that those who have read it are divided as to whether it is funny or not – I side with those who can see the humour in an otherwise dark novel.  Like pretty well everyone there yesterday, I was greatly entertained by Nathan’s performance love poem (which  – if you believe him – is not written down anywhere public, so we cannot follow it up).  Good luck to you Nathan.

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Guardian new books prize

Did you notice that two of our books have been short-listed for The Guardian First Book Award?  Among our 96 nominations are The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan and Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach.  I have only read one of these so far and I liked it very much (but I’m not saying which!).  What do others think?