Note Of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma

Note Of Madness

Written by Tabitha Suzuma

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Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2007.

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 London in 1975 to an English mother and a Japanese father, the eldest of five children. She went to the French Lycée in South Kensington and was a terrible pupil! but spent a lot of my time writing with her left-hand (she's right handed) in an attempt to while away the hours. Being half Japanese, she was sent to Japanese Saturday school. In the term report, the teacher commented that she would make more progress if she didn't always insist on sitting with her feet up on the desk. This still remains her favourite writing position, which is why she now has a reclining chair and a cordless keyboard.

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320 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Random House Children's Books

Publication date

15th February 2007




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