...The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (the winner of the First Novel category).
Kate Atkinson was heavily tipped to win for Life After Life, but she has been beaten by the debut novelist whose book "tells the story of Matthew and Simon, two brothers who are separated yet united by a tragic accident. Exploring themes of loss, grief and mental illness, this extraordinary novel transports the reader directly into the mind of Matthew and his slow descent into madness as he confronts his role in the boyhood death of his older brother ten years earlier."
"Hilarious and heartbreaking", "a stunning debut", "engaging, funny and inventive".
Congratulations to Nathan Filer.