A Diary Of Manic Depression
A stark, lyrical memoir of the steep descent into madness, and the slow and painful recovery that follows
'The sky was going to fall through the sea, the clouds would smash on impact like glass, and the great pale sheet of a dead white sky, motionless, frozen and broken, would lie noiseless at the bottom of the ocean...'
In 2013, while completing work on her last book, Kith, Jay Griffiths suffered a devastating year-long episode of hypomania. Tristimania is the extraordinary, lyrical, brave 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.
Praise for Tristimania
A glimpse of madness from inside the eye of the storm...Observer
Griffiths' fearless, untamed writing style is equal in measure to Kahlo's brushstrokes... utterly original.Northern Rivers Echo
If bravery itself could write, it would write like she does.John Berger
Jay Griffiths' courage and energy are formidable, but so is her sheer intelligence and literary flair. Her work isn't just good - it's necessary.Phillip Pullman
Jay Griffiths is one of the most perceptive and lyrical writers working today...Tristimania [is] elegant, inspiring, a triumph in every sense. This is a book that gives us all an uncompromised and hard-earned sense of hope.New Statesman, Books of the Year
Publisher's description. A stark and lyrical memoir of the steep descent into madness and the slow, agonizing recovery that follows. In 2013, Jay Griffiths suffered a devastating year-long episode of hypomania and extreme depression. Tristimania is the extraordinary, brave and painfully honest account of that year.Penguin