FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
A Note Of Madness (Defini... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Hemingways
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: An EX LIBRARY copy in VERY GOOD overall condition. May have some library stamps, marks etc.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

A Note Of Madness (Definitions) Paperback – 15 Feb 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£7.99
£3.51 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

Four for £10 on Sticker & Activity Books
Add four selected titles to your basket and checkout to receive your discount. Shop now
£7.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • A Note Of Madness (Definitions)
  • +
  • A Voice in the Distance
Total price: £15.98
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Definitions (Young Adult) (15 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099487535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099487531
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

"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)

Book Description

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

See all Product Description

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
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.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Before I started reading this I was slightly apprehensive as I thought the subject of depression would be too 'depressing' but it was not like that at all. As soon as I started to read it I became completely immersed in the characters and the story. And although the main character, Flynn, hits some really low moments, Suzuma manages to keep it thoroughly enjoyable and throw in a bit of (black) humour too. The vivid descriptions of Flynn's thoughts and feelings made me really empathise with his frustration of struggling to accept and cope with his illness and I was willing him to recover all the way though! I would thoroughly recommend this book - I've already pre-ordered her next book, which I'm really looking forward to after enjoying this one so much.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
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.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
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.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
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.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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!). Immediately I went to see what other work she had published, and picked up A Note of Madness, her debut novel.

I knew from the beginning this book would be another tough read, but it was so worthwhile. Ms. Suzuma writes with an intensity that is impossible to walk away from - I was incredibly emotionally invested in this book right from the beginning.

Flynn is the kind of character that you just want to reach through the pages and comfort, and as family and friends try their best to reach out and help him, I could feel their hopelessness and concern. As Flynn's mental health fluctuates, so does the pacing - as a reader I felt like I was right inside his head, experiencing his highs and lows, emotions and experiences.

It wasn't until I finished reading and read some more about Ms Suzuma herself that I found out that mental illness is one of her own personal struggles, which makes me love this book even more - it is truly a work from the heart.

If the subject matter of Forbidden is one step too far for you, I strongly recommend that you read A Note of Madness instead - it's emotional, compelling and you will be incredibly touched by Flynn's story.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback