A Note of Madness
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A Note of Madness

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Life as a student is good for Flynn. As one of the top pianists at the Royal College of Music, he has been put forward for an important concert, the opportunity of a lifetime. But beneath the surface, things are changing. On a good day, he feels full of energy and life, but on a bad day being alive is worse than being dead. Sometimes he wants to compose and practise all night, at other times he can't get out of bed. His flatmate Harry tries to understand but is increasingly confused by Flynn's erratic mood swings. His friend Jennah tries to help, but Flynn finds it difficult to be around her as he struggles to control his feelings and behaviour. With the pressure of the forthcoming concert and the growing concern of his family and friends, emotions come to a head. Sometimes things can only get worse before they get better.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Definitions
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099487535
  • 9780099487531
  • 120,041

Review quote

"Much more than a book about depression: it's about brilliance, fear, love and living. That is its achievement and what makes it a hearteningly good read" Guardian "Intense and extremely moving ... Written with compassion and perception, this is a moving, impressive debut" -- Becky Stradwick The Bookseller "An exhilarating, emotive and at times exhausting read, which I couldn't put down" TES "A simply, but beautifully written story about a loving family ... There is enough in the book for all teenagers to engage with, whether they have come into contact with mental illness or not" Write Away! "Suzuma handles the onset of manic depression with real skill and the music dimension with expertise" -- Niall MacMonagle The Irish Timesshow more

About Tabitha Suzuma

Tabitha Suzuma was born in 1975 and lives in London. She has always loved writing and would regularly get into trouble at the French Lycee for writing stories instead of listening in class. She used to work as a primary school teacher and now divides her time between writing and tutoring. A Note of Madness is her first novel.show more

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"An exhilarating, emotive and at times exhausting read, which I couldn't put down"show more

Back cover copy

Why is this all happening to me? he asked himself desperately. What is wrong with me? Life as a student should be good for Flynn. He's been put forward for an opportunity -of-a-lifetime concert, and he's got great friends. But beneath the surface, he's falling apart. On a good day he feels full of energy and life, but on a bad day being alive is worse than being dead. Sometimes he wants to compose and practice all night, at other times he can't get out of bed. With the pressure of the forthcoming concert and the growing concern of his family and friends, emotions come to a head. Sometimes things can only get worse before they get better. 'A compulsively readable story . . . persuasive and admirable' Jan Mark 'A gripping, brilliant, beautifully written debut novel' Annie Dalton 'A convincingly complex and unsettling portrayal' Keith Gray Front cover photography Johnny Ring (www.jonathanring.co.uk) Back cover images Getty Images Cover design by Tracy Paris Definitions Madness ('maednis) n 1. insanity; lunacy 2. extreme anger or excitementshow more
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