Costa Book Award 2013: Winner is Nathan Filer

Nathan Filer has won the 2013 Costa Book Award.

Nathan’s novel:  The Shock of the Fall     was perhaps the surprise winner against the much fancied novel by Kate Atkinson.

Novelist Rose Tremain, chairing the judges, said: ‘For a first novel it is astonishingly sure-footed…….I think there is genuine excitement about this winner.’

The prize of £30.000 goes to Nathan for his novel which is an account of grief and the development of schizophrenia after a young man of 19 witnesses his brother’s death.

More details in the Guardian

Poet Michael Symmons Roberts failed to win but it looks like a major new fiction talent is emerging on reading the judges’ plaudits for Nathan Filer.