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How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned from Things Going Wrong

Narrated by: Elizabeth Day
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)
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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

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Quietly wonderful

The book is as great as I’d hoped it would be from listening to the podcast. Especially lovely hearing it in the author’s own voice. Her stories of failure and how she makes meaning of them were a tonic

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I couldn’t stop listening to this book. So much wisdom and bravery from Elizabeth. I loved it.

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Brave and Comforting k

Elizabeth Day is vulnerable yet funny and empathic describing the ups and downs of life.

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Loved it

Following in from Elizabeth Day’s own interview on her podcast I couldn’t wait for this book to come out. It did not disappoint. An incredibly moving and inspiring read.

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To treasure and share

This was a brilliant read/listen. Not only because there was such beautiful honesty, pathos and humour but because I felt like I’d had a night out with a loving but honest friend who wants the best for me. Respect Elizabeth Day!

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A great read whilst you go through a breakup!

This book allowed me to grieve the loss of my greatest love so far, amazing!

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How to fail

Such honesty and humour which make this such an uplifting listen. It is what it is. Brilliant!

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Favourite podcaster wrote a book and it’s just as incredible as I expected. This lady is amazing

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Absolutely NOT a failure!

I am a self-confessed self-help seeker. I read/listen to anything that promises to help the vast swathes of 20-somethings navigate the tricky course of the notorious decade (particularly if it’s endorsed by The Queen of the genre, Dolly Alderton). ‘How To Fail’ is now firmly a top my list; honest, funny and reassuring, Day manages to encapsulate, connect with and resolve lingering self doubt in just 9 hours. Highly recommended - essential reading!

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Absolutely wonderful

I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Day and love her even more after listening to all the things she has been through and failed and overcome. I was nodding my head along to almost everything having experienced similar thoughts, feelings, worries and insecurities myself. I am so glad this book exists, and I wholeheartedly recommend it, there's much sound advice and inspiration to be found for anyone who has failed at something (so basically everyone).