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Nathan - Mental Health Nursing

Studied: BSc(Hons) Mental Health Nursing

He started off studying Mental Health Nursing, but Nathan Filer later embarked on a career as a successful author. In 2015, UWE Bristol awarded Nathan with an Honorary Master of Letters.

From nursing to writing a bestselling book

Nathan's debut novel, The Shock of the Fall, was an outstanding success. It is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. Nathan drew on his knowledge of mental health nursing and wrote the book in his spare time.

It won The Costa Book of the Year, The Betty Trask Prize, The National Book Award for Popular Fiction and The Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel. It is a Sunday Times Bestseller and has been translated into 30 languages. The English language editions alone have sold over half a million copies.

"I feel a great pride in being a qualified nurse, and consider my time at UWE Bristol to have been a defining period in my life. I have many happy memories from my time there."

Nathan has since gone on to be a sought after media-contributor, appearing regularly on BBC Radio and writing articles across the national press.

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