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Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma
  

Note of Madness

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Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2007.

What the judges’ said:
It reads as if it must have happened to the author; a book that will expand horizons and counter narrowmindedness

Flynn is one of the top pianists at the Royal College of Music. On the outside, everything is good for him; on the inside it is not. Some days his head of full of compositions and he feels as if he could fly; others he can hardly get out of bed. How Flynn faces up to his despair is told in a thoughtful story that is deeply moving without being depressing.

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Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma

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.


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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 Times *


About the Author

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 Lycée 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. The story was inspired by her sixteen-year-old brother Shin, a fantastic pianist (and talented beatboxer), and her sister Thalia who has suffered from depression. She has just started on her third novel and is planning to write many more.

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Publication date

15th February 2007

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Tabitha Suzuma

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Publisher

Random House Children's Books

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories
Personal & social issues (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780099487531

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