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


A Diary Of Manic Depression

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

A stark and lyrical account of the psyche in crisis from the author of Kith

Tristimania tells the story of a devastating year-long episode of manic depression, culminating in a long solo pilgrimage across Spain. Recording the experience of mania as has rarely been done before, Jay Griffiths shows how the condition is at once terrifying and also profoundly creative, both tricking and treating the psyche. An intimate and raw journey, Tristimania illuminates something of the universal human spirit.

  • Pub date: 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”


“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”


“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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