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How to Fail

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is the chart-topping podcast that focuses on the times things didn’t go right. Every week, creator and host, Elizabeth Day asks a new guest about three times in their life when they failed, and what they learned from those moments. The premise is simple: that in learning how to fail, we actually learn how to succeed better. Launched in July 2018, the podcast has rapidly become one of the nation’s most popular listens, has been featured in multiple newspapers and magazines across the globe and also scooped the Rising Star Award at the 2019 British Podcast Awards. Guests have included Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mabel, Malcolm Gladwell, Andrew Scott, Alain de Botton, Nigel Slater, Dame Kelly Holmes, Lemn Sissay, Fearne Cotton, Emeli Sande and many, many more. Interviewees range from high-profile celebrities to ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell – a recent special released during the Covid-19 pandemic focused entirely on listeners’ stories.
The (somewhat ironic) success of the podcast launched a bestselling book, How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong, and a sell-out nationwide tour incorporating dates at The National Theatre and the Southbank Centre in London, and iconic venues such as The Lowry in Salford and The Mac in Belfast.
Failosophy: A Handbook for When Things Go Wrong by Elizabeth Day will be published this October, comprising of seven ‘Failure Principles’ gleaned from the podcast, supported by quotes and inspirational stories from the guests themselves.