Sam Twyford-Moore is the author of The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania (NewSouth 18, and University of Toronto Press 20). A new book is due 2022.
You can email him sam dot twyfordmoore @ gmail dot com


Praise for The Rapids.

Sam Twyford-Moore’s The Rapids is a harrowing and thoughtful exploration of all the crap that makes us human.

Michael Sala, author of The Restorer


Bright, 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 confession.

Martin McKenzie Murray

The 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.

Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of The Hate Race


The 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.


Fiona Wright, author of Small Acts of Disappearance


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.


Kylie Maslen, author of Show Me Where It Hurts


The Rapids takes the reader by the hand and lays out the realities of mania, up close and personal – what it's like to wrestle with and how the brain navigates its swiftly tilting universe.

Anna Mehler Paperny, author of Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person

As with all great first-person works on mental health, Twyford-Moore’s The Rapids generously weaves his experience of mania through his critical scholarship without purporting to offer any sort of final, clinical clarity. Twyford-Moore’s work – at once critical, personal, and historical – thrusts our misconceptions of mania against the rocks, casting both light and shadow: revealing shapes where there was once mystery, and placing mystery back where shapes once stood.

John Elizabeth Stintzi, author of Vanishing Monuments and Junebat

An important work, The Rapids is about what it means to write and represent madness across media, such as film and literary critique, and how we come to know ourselves through these media, and how they in turn come to inform our understandings of our own experiences of madness, both in constrictive and constructive ways.

Jijian Voronka, School of Social Work, University of Windsor

The Rapids is a beautiful narration of the beauty and heartache inherent in madness. A humorous and considerate self-reflection on the way our private worlds are inextricably informed and vulnerable to culture, art and music. A personal account and generous contribution to the expanding experiential and scholarly work of Mad studies.

Lucy Costa, Deputy Executive Director of The Empowerment Council, an independent service user rights-based organization in Toronto, Canada, and co-editor of Madness, Violence, and Power: A Critical Collection