Bath Spa University Creative Writing Lecturer Nathan Filer has won the Popular Fiction Book of the Year award at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014, at a ceremony in London.
Nathan Filer, a Masters in Creative Writing graduate and now Lecturer at Bath Spa University won the award for his debut novel The Shock of the Fall.
This recognition follows Nathan’s success earlier this year when he won both the 2013 Costa First Novel Book Award and overall 2013 Costa Book of the Year Award.
The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness after witnessing his brother’s death in a holiday park in Dorset.
It is a brave and ground-breaking novel and Nathan has been acclaimed as one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Christina Slade said: “I am delighted for Nathan to have been recognised with this award. He is a great example of the high calibre of staff and students on our Creative
“Writing courses and this continued success demonstrates Bath Spa’s position as a leading university in creative writing.”
The Specsavers National Book Awards are judged by industry professionals and showcase the best of British writing and publishing, whilst celebrating books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success
Voting is now open for the Specsavers Book of the Year award. This is chosen by the public from the ten category winners of this year’s awards.
Online voting closes on 19th December with the winner announced on 22nd December. To vote for Nathan, click here.
Bath Spa University Alumni Association President Mary Berry CBE was also honoured with the Outstanding Achievement award having been recognised for her 60-year career, in which she has published more than 80 best-selling cookery books.