Filer wins at Writers' Guild Awards

Filer wins at Writers' Guild Awards

Nathan Filer has added the Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel to the accolades for his debut The Shock of the Fall (The Borough Press).

The awards were held last night (Monday 19th January) at RIBA in London and presented by writer and comedian Sandi Toksvig.

Filer won the Best First Novel award, beating shortlisted novels A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber) and Barbarians by Tim Glencross (John Murray).

The Shock of the Fall has previously won Costa Book of the Year and the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year.

Other winners on the night included crime drama "Happy Valley", which was awarded Best Long Form TV Drama; "Starred Up" by Jonathan Asser, for Best First Screenplay; and "80 Days" by Med Jayanth, for Best Writing in a Video Game.

The Writers’ Guild Awards 2014 were sponsored by BBC Writersroom, BBC Worldwide, ITV Studios and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).