Also published under the title, "Shock of the Fall". Costa Book of the Year and other awards. This novel tells the story of the impact of the death of a Down's Syndrome child on his younger brother and it addresses many issues in the mental health field including the lack of state support.
It's sad and very depressing book. Not for me at all.
Sad, strange, at times confusing. More like an autobiography than fiction. I didn't like the ending.
Absolutely brilliant ! I could not put this book down. A very good insight into the world of mental illness, and family dynamics. I laughed and cried, and I will always remember this book.
This was a beautifully written book about Matthew whose brother Simon died when they were little boys and Matthew is now 19 and living with schizophrenia. Matthew "sees" his brother in the ocean tide, the wind, the birthday candle flames and when he tries to reach out for him he only succeeds in attempting to kill himself. The book is written in different fonts and writing styles with pictures and drawings all adding to the frame of mind Matthew is in while he is writing the book. I guess I didn't say that...that the book is written by Matthew, from his perspective. It takes you through his thought processes on any given day in the life of a person with mental illness. I couldn't put the book down. It just flowed so beautifully.
an insight into the tragedy of schizophrenia told from the point of view of the sufferer. the story unfolds slowly as it draws you into his world as a teenager/young adult. It is told with humour, irony and at times cynicism. well worth reading and persevering with it-though after a stumbling start I found it flowed quite smoothly and a fairly easy, if at times disturbing, read.
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