A Note Of Madness (Definitions) Paperback – 15 Feb 2007
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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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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.
I look forward to reading more from this promising author.
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.
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I don't know what made me pick up this book. Its not a subject I am particularly interested in and I left it until I had finished my other library books as I wasn't overly keen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jinny661
Excellent. Absolutely loved the characters especially Finn and Jenna. Tabitha certainly knows her stuff about mental health. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2013 by Carol Warner
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 morePublished on 3 Sept. 2013 by Alex
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 morePublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 15 Aug. 2011 by Els De Clercq
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 morePublished on 18 Feb. 2011 by Benjamin
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 morePublished on 19 Aug. 2009 by J. Allen
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 morePublished on 12 May 2008 by Jane Dudeney
A Note of Madness is a great book. I delves into the world of mental illness brilliantly.
A Great read. Buy it!