A Voice in the Distance

Publisher: Random House

It seems like Flynn has it all - he's an extraordinary pianist with a meteoric career predicted. But he's also a manic depressive and two small daily pills represent the border between functioning normally and chaos.

When his medication stops working, Flynn's behaviour becomes increasingly disturbing and he is hospitalised; once stabilised, his despair doesn't lift and he attempts suicide.

He survives, but he and his girlfriend, Jennah, are faced with some painful realisations.

You wouldn't expect this novel to be a barrel of laughs – and it isn't. It is, however, an absorbing, unflinching, insight into a troubled and troubling world, with Flynn and Jennah's alternating voices creating a vivid sense of the intensity of the condition for the sufferer and those closest to them.

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