Nathan Filer

Nathan Filer


The Heartland: Finding and losing Schizophrenia

Nathan Filer, mental health nurse and award-winning writer, takes us on a journey into the psychiatric wards where he once worked. He also invites us to spend time with world-leading experts, and with some extraordinary people who share their own true stories about living with this strange and misunderstood condition. Along the way, he helps us open our minds to new ways of thinking about mental health, about each other, and about ourselves.

Nathan Filer is a qualified mental health nurse. The Shock of the Fall, his novel about the life of a young man grieving the loss of his brother, has sold over half a million copies and was a Sunday Times bestseller and translated into thirty languages. It won the Costa Book of the Year in 2013, and the Betty Trask Prize for first novel in 2014. He writes for the Guardian and the New York Times. He is currently a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

I have never read a more powerful book about mental health. It gives a voice to those who are never heard.’ 
JOANNA CANNON, author of bestseller The Trouble with Goats and Sheep 

‘A truly important book. Radically open-hearted and vitally open-minded. I would implore you to read it, and share it, and talk about it.’ 
MAX PORTER, author of bestseller Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny

Image Credit Emily Parker

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