Category Archives: Books

Comment on the Long List

You will find a page for each of the 31 long-listed books, under Comment on the books you are reading/The Longlist.  Please add a comment as you read each title.


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.