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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by her hugely popular podcast, How To Fail, is Elizabeth Day’s brilliantly funny, painfully honest and insightful celebration of things going wrong.

This is an audiobook for anyone who has ever failed. Which means it’s an audiobook for everyone. 

If I have learned one thing from this shockingly beautiful venture called life, it is this: failure has taught me lessons I would never otherwise have understood. I have evolved more as a result of things going wrong than when everything seemed to be going right. Out of crisis has come clarity, and sometimes even catharsis.

Part memoir, part manifesto, and including chapters on dating, work, sport, babies, families, anger and friendship, it is based on the simple premise that understanding why we fail ultimately makes us stronger. It's an audiobook about learning from our mistakes and about not being afraid.

Uplifting, inspiring and rich in stories from Elizabeth’s own life, 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.

©2018 Elizabeth Day (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"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)

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I loved listening to this book. Elizabeth Day has the kindest reading voice and most beautiful way of writing.

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Brilliant 👏 👏 👏

I so loved this book. I listen to the podcast and am so hapoy to be able to have a whole book of Elisabeth Day. I have found the How to Fail podcast inspiring. This book is awesome. Elizabeth has a voice that I could listen to all day and I did! binge listened to on a day that has started so badly. Thankyou for all you share and continue to be kickass.

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Truthful and easy to read

The openness Elizabeth had in this book is incredibly rare. The book was about her experiences from childhood to her 40s as a woman. I highly recommend this book to others

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Great Read

Didn't know what to expect as I had never listened to her podcast, however I really enjoyed the book. Interesting read and very relatable.

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