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  • Published: 20 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241972045
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

Tristimania

A Diary Of Manic Depression




A literary memoir evoking a first-hand experience of manic depression and the painful road to recovery

In 2013, Jay Griffiths experienced a devastating mental breakdown that led to a year-long episode of manic depression. She swung from the extreme highs of mania to the depths of suicidal depression. Eventually she resolved to take control of her situation, taking on the formidable Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Europe without any companion or support - determined to find a cure for her torment.

Tristimania is the staggeringly courageous and soaringly lyrical account of this unforgettable year.

  • Published: 20 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241972045
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths' writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, the Guardian, the Observer, The Ecologist and Resurgence magazine, of which she is an associate editor.

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Praise for Tristimania

Ferocious, delicate, iridescent . . . Rare lucidity and honesty make Tristimania a gripping book and an important one

Telegraph

Griffiths always writes so vividly . . . [Tristimania] strike[s] the reader like a punch to the throat; here is all the rawness of psychic pain, torn out and laid bare . . . both the terror and the seductive glitter of a manic episode

Observer

One of the bravest books I've read

Paul Kingsnorth author of, The Wake

An education in the history, mythology and poetics of madness, in all its wildness and glaring neon. Griffiths is a high-wire writer . . . An exciting and original thinker, her writing shimmers

New Statesman

Beautiful, brave and moving

John Burnside

A fearless explorer. Griffiths takes us into another world, one with even greater perils and mysteries to be plumbed, and brings back even stranger truths

Philip Pullman

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