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About the book
  • Published: 15 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781909531581
  • Imprint: Definitions
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

A Voice in the Distance

A hard-hitting novel which shows how difficult it can be to love someone suffering from manic depression.

In his final year at the Royal College of Music, star pianist Flynn Laukonen has the world at his feet. He has moved in with his girlfriend Jennah and is already getting concert bookings for what promises to be a glittering career. Yet he knows he is skating on thin ice - only two small pills a day keep him from plunging back into the whirlpool of manic depression that once threatened to destroy him. Unexpectedly his friends seem to be getting annoyed with him for no apparent reason, he needs less and less sleep, he is filled with unbridled energy. Events begin to spiral out of control and Flynn suddenly finds himself in hospital, heavily sedated, carnage left behind him. The medication isn't working any more, the dose needs to be increased, and depression strikes again, this time with horrific consequences. His freedom is snatched away and the medicine's side-effects threaten to jeopardize his chances in one of the biggest piano competitions of his life. It seems like he has to make a choice between the medication and his career. But in all this he has forgotten the one person he would give his life for, and Flynn suddenly finds himself facing the biggest sacrifice of all.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781909531581
  • Imprint: Definitions
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

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 and was the TES Book Award runner up.

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Praise for A Voice in the Distance

“With studies showing one in 10 children have a mental health disorder, this is a topical book with an emotional range that aids a breadth of understanding”

The Bookseller, Jake Hope

“Suzuma's novel effectively demonstrates that real love, sometimes, will involve setting the loved one free”

Irish Times

“This is the kind of sequel that every excellent book deserves”


“Suzuma is a master storyteller, dealing with her characters in a very realistic and uncompromising way”


“A love story that tackles the reality of young adult depression in a thoughtful and sensitive way”

Irish Independent

“Suzuma's accomplished debut A Note of Madness, told the story of a gifted young pianist diagnosed with bipolar disorder and this sequence follows Flynn in his attempts to keep his life balanced between love, music and medicine”

The Bookseller

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