Friendaholic: Confessions of a Friendship Addict

By Elizabeth Day


‘Essential reading’ Guardian

‘A joyful read’ Sunday Times

‘Disarmingly honest’ Daily Mirror

‘Bravely revealing’ Bernardine Evaristo

‘Filled with relatable insights’ Daily Mail

‘Funny, moving, helpful and true’ Sathnam Sanghera

‘A generous guide to a part of life every bit as crucial as romance’ Observer

As a society, there is a tendency to elevate romantic love. But what about friendships? Aren’t they just as – if not more – important? So why is it hard to find the right words to express what these uniquely complex bonds mean to us?

In this fascinating, insightful and uniquely moving book, Elizabeth Day embarks on a journey to find out. Friendaholic unpacks the significance and evolution of friendship from the ancient wisdom of Cicero to the modern curse of ghosting. How and why do we make friends? Is friendship an antidote to loneliness? How should we deal with a frenemy? And is it ok to end a friendship that has gone awry?

Friendaholic examines what makes a ‘good’ friend and asks us what kind of friend we want to be – to each other but also to ourselves.

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 14 Mar 2024
Pages: 448
ISBN: 978-0-00-837493-8
Elizabeth Day is the author of five novels and three works of non-fiction, including her Sunday Times bestselling novel Magpie, and hit memoir How to Fail. She is the creator and host of the chart-topping podcast How To Fail With Elizabeth Day. Friendaholic is her ninth book.

Praise for Friendaholic: -

‘A joyful read’ -


‘Essential reading… admirably candid and well-crafted’ -


‘(An) eloquent, disarmingly honest book’ -


‘A generous, companionable guide to a part of life every bit as crucial - and as fraught - as romance or family.’ -


‘Perceptive, compassionate and filled with relatable insights into all that is beautiful about friendship, with its most valuable point being that it should be about quality, rather than quantity.’ -


”'This book is brilliant.” - Jo Elvin

”'I’ve never read a book about friendships before. This one really digs deep, is bravely revealing and makes me reflect on my own friendship habits, issues, and culture.” - Bernardine Evaristo

”'I really want to say that reading Elizabeth Day feels like listening to a friend, but it's complicated by the fact that I’m an actual friend who makes an appearance in this book on friendship. But fuck it, it's true: reading Elizabeth Day feels like listening to a friend. And reading her on this strangely neglected theme is a revelation. Friendships can mean as much, sometimes even more than family, and finally we have a book that treats the subject with the seriousness it deserves. And Day is the best possible guide: funny, moving, helpful and true, Friendaholic deserves a massive audience.” - Sathnam Sanghera