A stark, lyrical and personal account of the psyche in crisis from the bestselling author of Wild and Kith
"I want to describe it for those who have never experienced it but who perhaps know someone with it. If this book can befriend just one person in that terrifying loneliness, it will be worth writing."
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 of mental health and recovery, Tristimania illuminates something of the universal human spirit.
'Profoundly poetic. A glimpse of madness from inside the eye of the storm' Observer
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.
If bravery itself could write, it would write like she does.
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.
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.
Griffiths' fearless, untamed writing style is equal in measure to Kahlo's brushstrokes... utterly original.
A glimpse of madness from inside the eye of the storm...