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Tabitha Suzuma
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15 Feb 2007 Definitions
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.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Definitions (Young Adult) (15 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099487535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099487531
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A hard-hitting, rollercoaster-ride of a novel about a teenage musical genius suffering from manic depression

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 24 Aug 2007
By Roisin
A Note of Madness is one of the best books I have ever read. The main character is Flynn, a young musical genius who begins to experience wild mood swings. Flynn, as well as his friends Harry and Jennah, are all so well described that I felt like I knew them as people, felt like I was living right beside them as events unfolded, and missed them desperately when I was finished the book. Although the novel deals with the very serious issue of mental illness, it's beautifully and simply written. You won't regret buying this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story beautifully told 24 Feb 2007
I am an adult reader and after reading this book thought I would write in to recommend it to other adults as it is a truly exceptional novel that should not be missed by anyone of any age. From the first page I was instantly absorbed into the lives of the heroes, and indeed they carried on to haunt me far beyond I turned the very last. Even if one's not a musician and one's never been officially 'depressed', so much rings true that one cannot fail to identify with the characters in the book. Despite the serious subject matter, it is ultimately an uplifting and inspirational story, and personally I cannot wait for Suzuma's next novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 10 July 2007
Having just finished reading " a Note of Madness" by Tabitha Suzuma, and all I can say is wow! I could not put this book down, an amazing first novel and one I would highly recommend to all age groups. Ms Suzuma deals with this complex subject with clarity, and immense sensitivity.
I look forward to reading more from this promising author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read 27 Jun 2007
I found this book absolutely brilliant,you wouldn't have thought that this was one of Tabitha's first books at all. Her style of writing totally draws you in to Flynn's world and makes you really understand how he is feeling.

I hope there's a sequel to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent novel 19 Feb 2007
Tabitha Suzuma has written a superb and moving book about an young man grappling with depression. I found the way the author described the gradual descent into losing control very realistic. It was also fascinating understanding what exactly this boy was going through and how his lifestyle and pressures exacerbated his condition. I really recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, insightful and a fantastic read 30 May 2006
I've had friends in the past with mental health problems, and I never understood them properly at the time. I wish this was available when I was a tennager. As and adult I would recommend this to anyone. As a teenager, I would have recommended it to all my friends. Tabitha Suzuma take you through every thought, every feeling and all in a way that stirs compassion and understanding in every reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discipline, dedication and depression 25 May 2006
Set against a riveting backdrop of one of the world's premier music institutions, this book is a clever portrayal of a student who crosses the delicate boundaries between what is normal eccentric behaviour and what is mad and disturbing.

The romantic notion of the crazed-genius is a false and damaging one, and Suzuma is careful to show how this. The book makes clear how the prodigious talent of a pianist, his determination, discipline and sacrifice for his art can so easily be rendered meaningless by a devastating and destructive mental illness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching to the heart 12 May 2008
By A buyer
A Note of Madness is a great book. I delves into the world of mental illness brilliantly.

A Great read. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please read this book, absolutely moving and heart rending
Excellent. Absolutely loved the characters especially Finn and Jenna. Tabitha certainly knows her stuff about mental health. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carol Warner
3.0 out of 5 stars A hard read
A Note of Madness is a book which is well written, but it contains a topic which is so painful that I didn't feel like wanting to move on with the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
A few months ago, I read Ms. Suzuma's book, Forbidden - which was the first book I've ever read that made me cry (not just a bit of moisture, full on tears!). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book ever
I have reread this book so many times and still love it. I bought it in hardback as I had read the paperback book so many times that it fell apart! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lisanne Mallinder
3.0 out of 5 stars no real suprises...
The cat had Tabitha Suzuma's Forbidden in her Amazon basket for a while before she finally ordered it (much of this was due to Joanna Kenrick who suggested reading some of... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by Els De Clercq
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive, very moving and ultimately positive story
Flynn, Harry are Jennah are in their first year at the Royal College of Music, from different parts they have been friends for about seven years. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2011 by Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
Such an excellent attention to detail. For someone who works with young people in education I found this story helpful and informative on the subject of mental illness. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2009 by J. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate and compelling
I had seen this book a few times before I decided to buy it, and I'm so grateful I did! Having had a few close friends go through depression and anxiety disorders, and conducting... Read more
Published on 12 May 2008 by Jane Dudeney
2.0 out of 5 stars What a relief...
... I felt when I finished reading this! Now I can discard that book and never look at it again. It is amazing how people 's perception of a book can vary. Read more
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