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Failosophy Reviews

Failosophy by Elizabeth Day

Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong

Elizabeth Day

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780008420383

'Elizabeth Day has revolutionised the way we see failure' Stylist 'A beautiful timely and humane book' Alain de Botton

3 stars out of 5
15 Oct 2020

"Elizabeth Day is a witty, likable writer, but can failure always be turned into a positive?"

Day is a witty and likable writer, just the right side of self-deprecating, and alert to the contradictions of having great success as an authority on failure. She argues, rightly, that “there is no hierarchy of distress”. Anyone can fall down the yawning gap between their aspirations and their achievements; anyone can mourn their unlived life. Worse than mere disappointment, failure exposes our dreams as dead ends. It is a mortifying reckoning with the complacent fictions we have built around ourselves. Day is thoughtful and probing about what success really amounts to, and why it is rarely the answer to our problems that we mistook it for. Failure, in her book, makes us aware that there are numberless ways of living a life well.