From the award-winning author and journalist, How To Fail is a brilliantly funny, painfully honest and insightful celebration of the things that haven't gone right.
The biggest, most transformative moments of my life – those pivotal points where I learned important and necessary truths about myself – came through crisis or failure. They came when I least expected them, when I felt ill-equipped to deal with the fallout. And yet each time, I had survived
Based on Elizabeth Day's hugely popular podcast, and including fascinating insights gleaned from her journalistic career of celebrity interviews, How to Fail is part memoir, part manifesto. It is a book for anyone who has ever failed. Which means it's a book for everyone.
Including chapters on success, dating, work, sport, relationships, families and friendship, it is based on the simple premise that understanding why we fail ultimately makes us stronger. It's a book about learning from our mistakes and about not being afraid.
Uplifting and inspiring and rich in personal anecdote, How to Fail
reveals that failure is not what defines us; rather it is how we respond to it that shapes us as individuals. Because learning how to fail is actually learning how to succeed better. And everyone needs a bit of that.
About the Author
Elizabeth Day is the author of three previous novels. Her acclaimed debut Scissors, Paper, Stone
, won a Betty Trask Award and Home Fires was an Observer book of the year. Her third, Paradise City
, was named one of the best novels of 2015 in the Evening Standard
. She is also an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for the Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, the Observer, the Mail on Sunday, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar
`A book full of wisdom, humour, humility, tenderness and heart. Elizabeth Day's beautiful, reassuring stories and observations are a guide to self-compassion, a celebration of all things imperfect and will galvanise you to try, try again' Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love
'How To Fail has rapidly become my essential companion in this over-competitive, demanding world. By turns profound, witty, and extremely reassuring, Elizabeth Day's sublime deconstruction of the myth of 'success' - and the journey to find our own markers of contentment - is a life-changing gift to us all.' Jessie Burton, author of The Muse
'Brilliant Elizabeth Day, who you could probably trust to talk eloquently about anything' Evening Standard
'Brilliant ... Covering everything from job rejections to failed IVF attempts, this podcast will make you feel better about life when things aren't going to plan' Harper's Bazaar
'Funny and insightful' Grazia
'It's really quite special' Red
'Whip-smart celebrations of things going, well, wrong' Emerald Street
'Listening to this show is cathartic; failure is a constant experience shared by so many, and being open is not a bad thing' BuzzFeed
`Tender and insightful, as well as acerbically funny' Reader's Digest