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Novel on schizophrenic wins Costa Book Award

Published on Jan 29, 2014 6:09 AM
 
Nathan Filer gestures during his award speech after winning the Costa Book Award for his book The Shock Of The Fall at the Costa Book Awards in London on Jan 28, 2014. Filer's novel about a schizophrenic young man dealing with guilt, was named as the winner of the Costa Book Award for 2013 on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Debut author and mental health nurse Nathan Filer's novel The Shock Of The Fall, about a schizophrenic young man dealing with guilt, was named as the winner of the Costa Book Award for 2013 on Tuesday.

Filer beat novelist and bookmakers' favourite Kate Atkinson, for Life After Life, biographer Lucy Hughes-Hallett for The Pike, poet Michael Symmons Roberts for Drysalter and author and political cartoonist, Chris Riddell, for Goth Girl And The Ghost Of A Mouse, to win the honour and prize money of 30,000 pounds (S$63,300) at the awards ceremony in London.

"This book stood out in a very good list," Ms Rose Tremain, chair of the judges panel, said in a statement.

"The voice in which the author has chosen to tell his story is perfectly aligned with the subject matter and very well sustained to the end."

 
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