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Mental health nurse Nathan Filer wins Britain's Costa Book Award for tale of madness

Costa Book of the Year shortlisted author Nathan Filer poses with his book The Shock of the Fall during the award ceremony in London, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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Costa Book of the Year shortlisted author Nathan Filer poses with his book The Shock of the Fall during the award ceremony in London, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

LONDON - Mental health nurse Nathan Filer has won Britain's Costa Book Award for his saga of schizophrenia, "The Shock of the Fall."

The novel, Filer's first, charts the story of two brothers split by a boyhood accident, taking the reader into the surviving sibling's mind as he struggles to deal with mental illness and the fallout from his brother's death.

Filer — who has only just been married — told the BBC the story was tinged with sadness but he believed the main character was one that readers would like to spend time with.

Filer's book is published in the United States as "Where The Moon Isn't."

The Costa Book Award is worth 30,000 pounds (roughly $50,000). It's open to writers based in Britain and Ireland.

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