1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Literature Lounge
£9 (excl. fees)
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About the Event

Based on her hugely popular podcast, the award winning journalist and novelist joins Francesca Beauman for a funny and honest conversation about her latest book. The antidote to our obsession with curated perfection, it encourages us to name, own and learn from our mistakes.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Day is the author of four novels. Her acclaimed debut Scissors, Paper, Stone won a Betty Trask Award and Home Fires was an Observer book of the year. Her third, Paradise City, was named one of the best novels of 2015 in the Evening Standard, and The Party was an Amazon bestseller and a Richard & Judy bookclub pick. She is also an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the ObserverHarper’s Bazaar and Elle. She is currently a columnist for the Mail on Sunday‘s You magazine and host of the iTunes chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day.


‘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

‘Brilliant … Covering everything from job rejections to failed IVF attempts, this podcast will make you feel better about life when things aren’t going to plan’ HARPER’S BAZAAR

‘Funny and insightful’ GRAZIA

‘It’s really quite special’ RED

‘Whip-smart celebrations of things going, well, wrong’ EMERALD STREET

‘Listening to this show is cathartic; failure is a constant experience shared by so many, and being open is not a bad thing’ BUZZFEED