Alongside our great value collections, brilliant selection of children’s titles and our commitment to catering for all your book-buying needs, the Book People has made it our mission to introduce you to incredible new authors for more than 25 years. A major part of this has been our Debut Fiction Choices, the books we truly believe showcase the most exciting new author talent. We’re passionate about reading and believe that incredible new novels deserve to be introduced to a wider audience. Over the years, our choices have included Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child (Specsavers National Book Awards International Author of the Year) and Christie Watson’s Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (Costa First Novel award).
Now we’re delighted to discover that our Debut Fiction Choice from last year, The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, has been named Costa Book of the Year 2013. Having already won the Costa First Novel Award, the book beat off competition from Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer & Preacher of War, Michael Symmons Roberts’ Drysalter and Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse to land the prestigious overall prize. A startling book that covers one man’s descent into mental illness and discusses topics dealing with grief and loss, the book is poignant, shocking and powerful. Filer is a registered mental health nurse, his real-life experiences adding a real emotional depth to the story, and a performance poet, meaning the wonderful prose is also beautifully written.
For his victory, Filer has been rewarded with £30,000 and follows in the footsteps of Hilary Mantel, Mark Haddon and Ted Hughes as overall winners of the Costa Book of the Year.
To read more about Nathan Filer’s win, visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookprizes/10602664/Costa-Book-Prize-2013-Debut-author-Nathan-Filer-is-shock-winner.html
Keep an eye out for more Book People Debut Fiction Choices throughout the year.