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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
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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

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  • Miss H S LAYTON
  • 04-05-19

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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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  • Rachel Wood
  • 04-01-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

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

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  • Norma McElroy
  • 03-29-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-25-19

Fantastic listen

I loved this book.Well written and left me with lots to think about I loved the extracts from the how to fail podcasts as I had listened to them all so it gave me more of what I had enjoyed so much.Well done Elizabeth and you have restored my faith in that honesty is always the best policy as is celebrating and accepting human failures.

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  • Vicki Culverwell
  • 04-24-19

A brilliant book. Beautifully read.

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your funny, sad, amazing stories with us in this book. They have really helped me come to terms with how I see my life and how I deal with success and failure. I love your podcast too!

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  • Miss L Henderson
  • 04-24-19

Elizabeth Day - a philosopher of our modern world

I love Elizabeth Day and have read all of her books to date and listened with joy to the “How Not To Fail” podcast. Elizabeth has a refreshing honesty and describes matters in a very down to earth and matter of fact way. In a world teeming with superficiality, it is refreshing to have some good old fashioned realness. She is also a brilliant writer (all of her books are brilliant) and has a genius way of describing situations in a witty and relatable way. I would highly recommend this book, and everything else Elizabeth does!

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  • Mrs Susan and Victoria Kahn
  • 04-17-19

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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  • Ian Primmer
  • 04-13-19

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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  • Lucy Petrie
  • 04-12-19

How to fail

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