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Do you ever feel like a failure? 

Enter widely acclaimed observer of daily life Professor Joe Moran, not to tell you that everything will be all right in the end, but to reassure you that failure is an occupational hazard of being human. It's the small print in life's terms and conditions. 

Covering everything from examination dreams to fourth-placed Olympians, If You Should Fail is about how modern life, in a world of self-advertised success, makes us feel like failures, frauds and imposters. We need more narratives of failure and to see that not every failure can be made into a success - and that's OK.

As Moran shows, even the supremely gifted Leonardo da Vinci could be seen as a failure. Most artists, writers, sports stars and business people face failure. We all will and can learn how to live with it. To echo Virginia Woolf, beauty 'is only got by the failure to get it [...] by facing what must be humiliation - the things one can't do'.

Combining philosophy, psychology, history and literature, Moran's ultimately upbeat reflections on being human and his critique of how we live now offer comfort, hope - and solace.

©2020 Joe Moran (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Joe Moran is the most perceptive and original observer of British life that we have." (Matthew Engel)

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  • Abdulrahman Mohammed Bindamnan
  • 25-03-21

Not a failure at all

Joe Moran is my new favorite author whose words awaken my heart and soul. He never failed me as a reader. Highly recommend this book.