How to Fail

Elizabeth Day

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.

Reviews of How to Fail

  • ‘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