How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.

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S11, Ep8 How to Fail: Maggie O'Farrell

Jul 14 • 54:10

For our season finale, I bring you the glorious Maggie O'Farrell. She is one of my favourite authors, and her books include the highly acclaimed novels After You'd Gone, The Hand That First Held Mine, Instructions for a Heatwave and the bestselling memoir I Am, I Am, I Am. Her most recent work of fiction, Hamnet, imagined the untold story of Shakespeare’s son who died at t...


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S11, Ep7 How to Fail: Martine Wright

Jul 7 • 01:08:30

Martine Wright is a survivor of the 7/7 London terrorist bombings. Sixteen years ago today, she was travelling on a Circle Line tube to Aldgate station on the morning of 7th July 2005, when a suicide bomber sitting three feet away from her set off an explosion that would change her life forever. She lost both of her legs and was in a coma for 10 days after which she underw...

S11, Ep6 How to Fail: Paris Lees

Jun 30 • 59:02

[TW: sexual abuse]...

S11, Ep5 How to Fail: Christie Watson

Jun 23 • 01:01:05

Christie Watson is a nurse turned bestselling author who went back to frontline nursing during the Covid-19 pandemic. But if you were to call her a 'hero' she would refuse the label - and during the course of this interview, she tells me why....

S11, Ep4 How to Fail: Guvna B

Jun 16 • 56:01

My guest today is Guvna B, the MOBO-award winning rapper, author and broadcaster. He grew up on a council estate in East London and went on to study at the University of Hertfordshire before forging a full-time career in music. He's since released 10 albums and a memoir, Unspoken, in which he examines toxic masculinity and male identity....

S11, Ep2 How to Fail: Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jun 2 • 59:17

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is an Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and a three-time world champion. This is a woman who knows what it takes to succeed at the very highest levels, and who has learned to process failure when she doesn't win. I learned so much from her insight. And she's still only 35!...

S11, Ep1 How to Fail: Graham Norton

May 26 • 01:05:21

What better way to kick off a new season of interviews by interviewing one of the very best interviewers? INTIMIDATED, ME? Pahahahahaha....

BONUS EPISODE How to Fail: Dr Alex George

May 12 • 01:03:42

TW: discussions about suicide...

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