Twyford-Moore is the author of The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania published
by NewSouth Books. He is the founding host of The Rereaders, a fortnightly
literary and cultural podcast and a former Festival Director and CEO of the
Emerging Writers’ Festival.
for The Rapids:
warm and charmingly discursive, Sam examines his own mania by the bright lights
of pop culture. He's witty and honest but judiciously wary of our culture of
McKENZIE MURRAY, Chief Correspondent, The Saturday Paper
Rapids is beautifully written: brimming
with humour, empathy, pathos and heart.
This book is an earnest, generous, and important contribution to ongoing
global dialogue around mental health.
CLARKE, author of The Hate Race
Rapids is a remarkable book – intelligent, empathic and
ethical. It offers a complex and astute account of mania and depression both as
a cultural phenomenon and a personal experience, and is unafraid of looking at
difficult and dark emotions and events. It is by turns heart-breaking and
hilarious, cerebral and cheeky, and an incredibly important work.
author of Small Acts of Disappearance
Sam Twyford-Moore’s The Rapids is
a harrowing and thoughtful exploration of all the crap that makes us human.
The Rapids is an important cultural history of a mental illness misunderstood and
often misrepresented, and an incredibly necessary book about mental health. It
is also a compelling work of cultural criticism, with a particularly pioneering
view of celebrity culture in a digital age. The Rapids is the story of a writer making sense of mania, the world, and mania
within the world. It is innovative, intelligent and sensitive; an important
work of criticism, and a critical work of importance.