Following the death of his brother, The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary insight into one man's decent into mental illness. Depressing from all angles with a little humour and a whole lot of glum thrown in for good measure. If the issues of disabilities and depression weren't enough to keep you going, you're thrown into a dark circle of schizophrenia to really get your mind thoroughly exasperated when it came to the piecing together the troubled mind of the central character, Matt.
'Really, Matt. You're your own worst enemy.' That's a strange thing to say to someone with a serious mental health disease. Of course I'm my own worst enemy. That's the whole problem."
The book reminded me of a jolly play I studied at university, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane. She was an English playwright who suffered with severe depression and sadly took her own life at twenty-eight before she completed her final haunting and eerie installment to her now celebrated works. Those lessons were fun times as you can imagine.