Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong

Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong

Elizabeth Day

‘Elizabeth Day has revolutionised the way we see failure’ Stylist

‘A beautiful timely and humane book’ Alain de Botton

‘Most failures can teach us something meaningful about ourselves if we choose to listen’

In Failosophy Elizabeth Day brings together all the lessons she has learned, from conversations with the guests on her award-winning How to Fail podcast, from stories shared with her by readers and listeners, and from her own life, and distils them into seven principles of failure.

Practical, reassuring and inspirational, these principles offer a guide through life’s rough patches. From failed exams to romantic break-ups, from career setbacks to confidence crises, from navigating anxiety to surviving loss, Failosophy recognises, and celebrates, the fact that failure connects us all. It is what makes us human.

With insights from Malcolm Gladwell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Lemn Sissay, Frankie Bridge, Nigel Slater, Emeli Sande, Alain de Botton, Mabel, Fearne Cotton, Meera Syal, Dame Kelly Holmes, Andrew Scott and many, many more, Failosophy is the essential handbook for turning failure into success.

Reviews of Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong

    • ‘A beautiful timely and humane book. If there’s one philosophy the world needs more of right now, it’s Failosophy’ Alain de Botton