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  • Published: 26 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241972052
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook


A Diary Of Manic Depression

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

A raw and poetic account of a mind lost in madness - and how the author found her way back from the wilderness
In 2013, while completing work on her last book, Kith, Jay Griffiths suffered a devastating year-long episode of hypomania. Tristimania is the lyrical and painfully honest account of that year.
Lost in the depths of her illness, Jay eventually decided to walk the Camino de Santiago - undertaking this ancient pilgrimmage in her fragile condition despite medical advice against it - determined to find a kind of cure for her torment.
%%%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: 26 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241972052
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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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