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  • ISBN: 141046847X (large print : hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781410468475 (large print : hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 395 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
    Large Print
  • Edition: Large print unabridged edition.
  • Publisher: ©2013

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General Note: "First published in Great Britain under the title The shock of the fall by HarperCollins Publishers."--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.: While on vacation with their parents, Matthew Homes and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found a way to bring his brother back. What begins as the story of a lost boy turns into a story of a brave man yearning to understand what happened that night, in the years since, and to his very person.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2013 September #1
    Nineteen-year-old Matthew is writing the story of his life and that of his older brother, Simon, who had Down syndrome. Simon, Matthew writes, had a beautiful smiley face like the moon. But thinking about the past is like digging up graves, for Simon died in an accident when he was 11, and Matthew, 10 years later, still blames himself for his brother's death. Although the moon that was Simon's face now isn't, Matthew continues to hear his voice where he is being kept in an acute psychiatric ward. For Matthew is schizophrenic. Mental illness turns people inwards, he writes. Will writing about what he finds there offer him healing and relief from his guilt? British first-novelist Filer is a mental-health nurse who, having worked as a researcher on inpatient psychiatric wards, writes with authority and sympathy about schizophrenia and Matthew's life as both inpatient and outpatient. The story Filer tells is deeply affecting and insightful in its account of mental illness. And Matthew is a character the reader won't soon forget. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Schizophrenics Fiction
Life change events Fiction
Large type books
Genre: Psychological fiction.

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