‘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.
About the author
Elizabeth Day is the author of four novels and Sunday Times bestelling memoir, How to Fail. 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, and The Party was an Amazon bestseller and a Richard & Judy bookclub pick. She is also an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Observer, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. She is currently a columnist for the Mail on Sunday's You magazine and host of the iTunes chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day.
- ‘A beautiful timely and humane book. If there’s one philosophy the world needs more of right now, it’s Failosophy’ Alain de Botton
- ‘A pragmatic and pocket-sized guide to failure – how to cope with it and what to learn from it … a must read’ Glamour
- ‘The timing of this guide couldn’t be better – as we’ve navigated all of the stresses that come with the pandemic – and Day’s advice is both practical and reassuring. It really is okay to fail’ Evening Standard
- ‘Witty and likeable … thoughtful and probing’ Guardian
- Praise for 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
- ‘Tender and insightful, as well as acerbically funny’ Reader’s Digest