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Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall named Costa Book of the Year 2013

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.

Costa Book of the Year 2013

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.

Book People favourite The Shock of the Fall wins Costa First Novel Award

One of our favourite debut novels of last year, Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall has been named the winner of the prestigious Costa First Novel Award for 2013. The poignant tale of one man’s descent into mental illness, we found the novel to be touching, important and admired how it tackled a difficult subject and society’s attitude towards it.

A registered mental health nurse and a performance poet, Nathan Filer’s prose adds extra depth to the thought-provoking book. The Shock of the Fall follows in the footsteps of Christie Watson’s Tiny Sunbirds Far Away and Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child as Book People Debut Fiction Choices that have gone on to win major literary awards.

Keep an eye out for our latest Debut Fiction Choice very soon.


In the meantime, buy The Shock of the Fall here.

Costa Book Awards 2013 Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Costa Book Awards 2013 has been announced – and we’re delighted to see some Book People favourites included. A prestigious literary prize that was launched in 1971, the award acknowledges some of the year’s best novels, debuts, biographies, poetry titles and children’s books, before the overall winner from the categories, the Costa Book of the Year, is announced at a glittering ceremony in London on 28 January 2014. All the category winners will be announced shortly before, on 6 January 2014.

Previous winners of the award include Hilary Mantel, Mark Haddon and Philip Pullman and hoping to follow in their footsteps this year will be Nathan Filer and Elizabeth Wein, as well as many other talented authors and poets. Filer is the author of Book People Debut Fiction Choice The Shock of the Fall, a brave novel which followed one man’s descent into the mental illness. A registered mental health nurse, Filer’s experiences really added depth to his lyrical prose and the poignant book has been nominated for the 2013 Costa First Novel Award. We’re so happy to see a book that we’ve supported from its publication receive such an accolade.

A long-time favourite with the Book People, Maggie O’Farrell’s Instructions for a Heatwave is shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award and this book was one that had our office’s book club moved, intrigued and laughing throughout. More humorous than her previous psychological storylines, there was no drop in quality as the book followed the story of a family of individuals drawn together in a time of need.

Elizabeth Wein is a Carnegie-shortlisted author and Rose Under Fire is a gripping, exciting and heartbreaking read that was a bestseller for Red House this year. Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Children’s Book Award, this coming-of-age story based around the RAF in 1944 is inspirational and touching as it follows budding pilot and poet Rose Justice as she confronts some of the most fearsome aspects of war. We hope with this Costa Award nomination, this Young Adult novel will find its way into the hands of even more book lovers over the coming months.

All of us at the Book People congratulate all the nominees on their achievement sand wish them the best of luck. To find out more about the Costa Book Awards, visit www.costabookawards.com.

The Book People’s Debut Fiction Choices

At the Book People we are so passionate about all kinds of books and especially discovering new authors and sharing their amazing first novels with our customers. After personally reading through various debut novels, our Debut Fiction Choices are especially hand-picked as books we feel showcase a new talent in a captivating, unforgettable and particularly promising way. Previous choices have gone on to be nominated and even win major literary awards, such as Specsavers National Book Awards International Author of the Year Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child and Christie Watson’s Costa First Novel-winning Tiny Sunbirds Far Away.

Our latest Debut Fiction Choice is performance poet and registered nurse Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall. A dark, absorbing and poignant book that is written beautifully and covers one man’s harrowing descent into mental illness, this is a book that is sure to challenge society’s attitude towards this sensitive subject. Gavin Extence’s The Universe Versus Alex Woods is another thought-provoking and poignant book that tackles the important issues in life including friendship, loneliness and death. Alex Woods is an outsider teenager who forms an unlikely bond with the cantankerous Mr Peterson and what follows is a surprising and unforgettable journey rich in characterisation. Heartbreaking but also hopeful, this novel was recently shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.

Written by Peggy Riley, Amity & Sorrow is the darkest novel about love and the Good Life that you will ever read. When a suspicious fire breaks out at their fundamentalist church, Amaranth takes off with her daughters Amity and Sorrow but they both want different things… Schroder is another unsettling read, laced with black humour, about a parent’s unconditional love for his daughter… A love that sends him to criminality. With believable characters and an intriguing subject matter, this is an exploration of how sometimes love can lead to the most unexpected circumstances and even insanity. We fully expect both of these books to gain a much wider audience, so read up on them first with the Book People.

We currently have a special offer on selected Debut Fiction Choices. You can get two of the following titles for just £8: Schroder, The Land of Decoration, The Shock of the Fall, The Universe Versus Alex Woods and Amity & Sorrow.

Gavin Extence debut fiction
Nathan Filer debut fiction

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