A recommended read…

Regular contributors to Nursing Standard suggest some novels you might enjoy over the holiday period

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

Haunted by the death of his brother, Matt, the teenage schizophrenic protagonist, has been sectioned after failing to adjust in society. Here, he records his thoughts as self-led writing therapy.

The author’s experience in mental health nursing shines through, giving Matt’s voice an authenticity as believable as it is endearing. Dependent on the fluctuating nature of his condition and his ongoing internal struggles, Matt’s story, which is interspersed with doodles and sketches, is gripping.

Filer’s character is relatable and human and the book’s acclaim is thoroughly justified.

Janet Davies is chief executive and general secretary of the RCN

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Set in Venice in 1928, the story begins with a Czech couple’s chance encounter with a young Jewish architect.

He designs a family home for them, a modernist


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