The death of his elder brother Simon while on family holiday triggers Matt’s schizophrenia.
The Shock of the Fall is his account of the last years of his childhood and his teenage descent into mental illness.
En route we see the impact on his mum, who never recovers from Simon’s death, and on friends and family who struggle to find ways to help no matter strong and unquestioning their love – his dad’s and Nanny Noo’s in particular.
Lots of stark reality.
Lots of tearjerker moments.
Author’s page: The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer