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About Elizabeth Day
Elizabeth Day is an author, journalist and broadcaster.
Her memoir, How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong is a Sunday Times top 5 bestseller and has been described as ‘life-changing’ by critics. Her debut novel Scissors, Paper, Stone won a Betty Trask Award. Her follow-up, Home Fires was an Observer Book of the Year. Her third, Paradise City was named one of the best novels of 2015 in the Observer and the Evening Standard, and was People magazine's Book of the Week. Her fourth novel, The Party was an Amazon bestseller and a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick. It has been optioned for television.
Her chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, is a celebration of the things that haven't gone right and won the Rising Star Award at the 2019 British Podcast Awards.
Elizabeth is a columnist for You magazine on the Mail on Sunday and a feature writer for numerous publications in the UK and US including The Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, New York Magazine, the Observer, Vogue, Grazia and Elle. She is a contributing editor for Harper's Bazaar.
Elizabeth grew up in Northern Ireland and her first job was for The Derry Journal. She won a British Press Award in 2004 for Young Journalist of the Year and was Highly Commended as Feature Writer of the Year in 2013. She has a ginger cat called Huxley who approves this message.
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'A book that needed to exist in the world. It is the book that was missing’
LISA TADDEO, AUTHOR OF THREE WOMEN AND ANIMAL
‘Magnificent: I read it one sitting’
KATE MOSSE, AUTHOR OF THE CITY OF TEARS
Sometimes Marisa gets the fanciful notion that Kate has visited the house before. She makes herself at home without any self-consciousness. She puts her toothbrush right there in the master bathroom, on the shelf next to theirs.
In Jake, Marisa has found everything she’s ever wanted. Then their new lodger Kate arrives.
Something about Kate isn’t right. Is it the way she looks at Marisa’s boyfriend? Sits too close on the sofa? Constantly asks about the baby they are trying for? Or is it all just in Marisa’s head?
After all, that’s what her Jake keeps telling her. And she trusts him – doesn’t she?
But Marisa knows something is wrong. That the woman sleeping in their house will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Marisa just doesn’t know why.
How far will she go to find the answer – and how much is she willing to lose?
‘A pacy, stylish thriller in which suspense is accompanied by fist-pumping feminism and, perhaps toughest of all, hope.’
THE SUNDAY TIMES, THRILLER OF THE MONTH
‘A compassionately crafted psychological drama’
‘I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough’
‘A genius twist that left me reeling’
‘Be prepared for a sleight-of-hand-twist that will leave you gasping’
‘Sharp and sinister’
MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘Impossible to put down’
‘A rich plot that also delves into meaty topics’
Sunday Times bestseller 06/09/2021
An audacious, compassionate state-of-the-nation novel about four strangers whose lives collide with far-reaching consequences.
Beatrice Kizza, a woman in flight from a homeland that condemned her for daring to love, flees to London. There, she shields her sorrow from the indifference of her adopted city, and navigates a night-time world of shift-work and bedsits.
Howard Pink is a self-made millionaire who has risen from Petticoat Lane to the mansions of Kensington on a tide of determination and bluster. Yet self-doubt still snaps at his heels and his life is shadowed by the terrible loss that has shaken him to his foundations.
Carol Hetherington, recently widowed, is living the quiet life in Wandsworth with her cat and The Jeremy Kyle Show for company. As she tries to come to terms with the absence her husband has left on the other side of the bed, she frets over her daughter's prospects and wonders if she'll ever be happy again.
Esme Reade is a young journalist learning to muck-rake and doorstep in pursuit of the elusive scoop, even as she longs to find some greater meaning and leave her imprint on the world.
Four strangers, each inhabitants of the same city, where the gulf between those who have too much and those who will never have enough is impossibly vast. But when the glass that separates Howard's and Beatrice's worlds is shattered by an inexcusable act, they discover that the capital has connected them in ways they could never have imagined.
**Elizabeth Day’s new novel Magpie is available to pre-order now.**
AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR
A gripping story of betrayal, privilege and hypocrisy, set in the unassailable heart of the British establishment.
‘A terrifying, hilarious, brilliantly written original with a wit to die for’ Phoebe Waller-Bridge
‘As the train pressed on, I realised that my life was in the process of taking a different direction, plotted according to a new constellation. Because, although I didn't know it yet, I was about to meet Ben and nothing would ever be the same again.’
Martin Gilmour is an outsider. When he wins a scholarship to Burtonbury School, he doesn’t wear the right clothes or speak with the right kind of accent. But then he meets the dazzling, popular and wealthy Ben Fitzmaurice, and gains admission to an exclusive world. Soon Martin is enjoying tennis parties and Easter egg hunts at the Fitzmaurice family’s estate, as Ben becomes the brother he never had.
But Martin has a secret. He knows something about Ben, something he will never tell. It is a secret that will bind the two of them together for the best part of 25 years.
At Ben’s 40th birthday party, the great and the good of British society are gathering to celebrate in a haze of champagne, drugs and glamour. Amid the hundreds of guests – the politicians, the celebrities, the old-money and newly rich – Martin once again feels that disturbing pang of not-quite belonging. His wife, Lucy, has her reservations too. There is disquiet in the air. But Ben wouldn’t do anything to damage their friendship.
‘The twists and turns that the novel takes are never predictable and the novel becomes as unsettling as it is involving. One of those books that a person reads in one day because you absolutely have to know how it turns out’ John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
A frank and beautiful story of damage, survival and restoration from an exhilarating literary voice.
As Charles Redfern lies motionless in hospital, his wife Anne and daughter Charlotte are forced to confront their relationships with him – and with each other. Anne, once beautiful and clever, has paled in the shadow of her husband's dominance. Charlotte, meanwhile, is battling with her own inner darkness and is desperate to prevent her relationship with her not-yet-divorced lover from disintegrating.
As the full truth of Charles's hold over them is brought to light, both women must reconcile themselves with the choices they have made, the secrets they have kept, and the uncertain future that now lies ahead of them.
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 a book for anyone who has ever failed. Which means it’s a book 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 a book 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.
A stunning, delicate portrait of a family bookended by war, Home Fires explores the legacy of loss, the strictures of class and the long road to redemption.
Max Weston, twenty-one, leaves for his first army posting in central Africa. What happens to him changes the lives of his family forever. At home, his parents struggle to cope. The overwhelming love Caroline has always felt for her only child is now matched by the intensity of Max's absence. The silence is broken by the arrival of Caroline's mother-in-law, Elsa, who at the age of ninety-eight can no longer look after herself. After years of living in fear of putting a foot wrong in front of this elegant, cuttingly courteous lady, finally, Caroline has the upper hand.
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Fail and Magpie
‘Elizabeth Day has revolutionised the way we see failure’ Stylist
‘A beautiful timely and humane book’ Alain de Botton
‘Most failures can teach us something meaningful about ourselves if we choose to listen'
In Failosophy Elizabeth Day brings together all the lessons she has learned, from conversations with the guests on her award-winning How to Fail podcast, from stories shared with her by readers and listeners, and from her own life, and distils them into seven principles of failure.
Practical, reassuring and inspirational, these principles offer a guide through life’s rough patches. From failed exams to romantic break-ups, from career setbacks to confidence crises, from navigating anxiety to surviving loss, Failosophy recognises, and celebrates, the fact that failure connects us all. It is what makes us human.
With insights from Malcolm Gladwell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Lemn Sissay, Frankie Bridge, Nigel Slater, Emeli Sande, Alain de Botton, Mabel, Fearne Cotton, Meera Syal, Dame Kelly Holmes, Andrew Scott and many, many more, Failosophy is the essential handbook for turning failure into success.
Da quando, durante la seconda metà del XX secolo, si è affermato il movimento della psicologia positiva, ci siamo ritrovati a essere costantemente incoraggiati ad avere pensieri buoni e positivi senza indulgere nel negativo. L’effetto domino della «positività», tuttavia, è stato quello di emarginare il fallimento e ora viviamo un’epoca in cui siamo talmente bombardati da storie di successo che corriamo il rischio di ritrovarci costantemente impegnati a raggiungere la perfezione, in cui i social media ci incoraggiano a credere.
E se, invece, cercassimo di accettare l’idea che capiteranno cose difficili e cose stupende, e che c’è molto da imparare solo sperimentandole entrambe?
Fiera sostenitrice della failosophy, di una saggezza possibile nel fallimento, Elizabeth Day ha individuato sette princìpi chiave del fallimento, offrendoci delle strategie non solo per incorporare il fallimento nella nostra vita quotidiana, ma anche per trarne giovamento.
Perché solo quando si smette di stigmatizzarlo, il fallimento perde il potere di danneggiarci e può insegnarci qualcosa di utile su noi stessi.
Manuale essenziale per trasformare i rovesci di fortuna in successo, L’arte di saper fallire è un’utile guida per superare i momenti difficili della vita, un testo prezioso che ci aiuta a considerare il fallimento per quello che è: non come qualcosa che ci definisce, ma come un’informazione mancante che ci aiuta a completare il puzzle di chi siamo veramente.
«Elizabeth Day ha rivoluzionato il nostro modo di vedere il fallimento». Stylist
«Un bel libro tempestivo e umano». Alain de Botton
Nei mesi successivi trascorsi in quella casa, la vita si svolge perciò, per la giovane illustratrice, come una vera e propria commedia romantica in cui le basta un semplice sguardo di Jake per capire che quell’uomo, cosí poco espansivo nei gesti e nelle parole, è la persona con cui condividere il resto dei suoi giorni. Finché un mattino arriva Kate, l’inquilina destinata a occupare la stanza di sopra, dato che i soldi non bastano mai. Bruna e disinvolta – l’esatto opposto di Marisa nell’aspetto –, trentaseienne critica cinematografica, Kate fa subito suo lo spazio comune della casa, abbandona le scarpe all’ingresso, si intrufola in ogni angolo, lascia lo spazzolino da denti accanto al loro anziché nel bagno di sopra, rivolge indelicate domande sul loro desiderio di avere un figlio, lancia sguardi insistiti a Jake.
La sua invadenza si fa via via insopportabile per Marisa. Jake tenta di rassicurarla, ma nemmeno la notizia della sospirata gravidanza riesce a distogliere Marisa dalla sensazione sgradevole di avere un ospite ingrato in casa. Qualcosa non va in Kate: quella donna coltiva qualche oscuro disegno e non si fermerà finché non l’avrà realizzato.
Dopo il successo de Il party, Elizabeth Day ritorna con un romanzo psicologico che ha ottenuto grande consenso di critica e di pubblico in Inghilterra. Un’opera che parla di maternità desiderata, di relazioni disfunzionali, dell’irreparabile danno del dolore, della realtà che prende la forma dell’ossessione. Con due voci narranti che si contendono la scena in un gioco di prospettive dal finale sorprendente.
«La gazza è una lettura intelligente, piena di suspense, con un occhio attento alle relazioni umane, soprattutto se tossiche». Matt Haig
«Sinistro ma confortante, esagerato ma realistico, con una trama da far perdere la testa: è il libro che mancava». Lisa Taddeo
«Un thriller ad alta tensione, ritmo veloce, stile impeccabile. Un’autrice intelligente». The Observer
«Scintillante». The Sunday Times"
Avec beaucoup d'humour et une courageuse sincérité, Elizabeth Day s'inspire de ses propres déboires personnels, mais aussi de son célèbre podcast How To Fail qui a vu défiler des célébrités telles que Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alastair Campbell et David Nicholls, pour nous livrer un puissant manifeste aux accents féministes et s'élever contre les diktats de la perfection.
À l'heure des réseaux sociaux, difficile d'échapper à ce flux constant de photos de stars en bikini, de bébés joufflus et de plages paradisiaques. Si la vie ressemble vraiment à une série de hashtags tonitruants, #lovemyjob, #holidays, #bestmum, alors tant mieux ! Mais quand le travail pèse, que la charge mentale s'accumule, quand la tristesse et la colère s'installent, que le bébé tant attendu ne vient pas et qu'on est sur le point de signer les papiers du divorce, comment ne pas voir sa vie comme une succession de ratages ?
Ce sentiment d'échec, Elizabeth Day, brillante journaliste, l'a longtemps éprouvé. Jusqu'à ce qu'une rupture amoureuse dévastatrice la pousse à tout reconsidérer : et si échouer était en réalité une chance unique de se réinventer ?
Dans la veine de son précédent roman,L'Invitation, Elizabeth Day nous livre une comédie sociale très noire, pleine de suspense et de rebondissements, qui explore les fragilités d'un couple et les nouvelles formes de parentalité, dans une Angleterre où la hiérarchie sociale continue de teinter les relations humaines.
Une rencontre, une maison, un bébé : entre Jake et Marisa, tout va très vite. Mais fonder une famille coûte cher, surtout à Londres, alors les tourtereaux se décident à sous-louer une chambre. Et c'est ainsi que Kate entre dans leur vie.
À première vue, Kate est la locataire rêvée. Mais les jours passent et Marisa commence à ressentir une gêne au contact de cette femme qui prend de plus en plus de place. Sa grossesse la laisse épuisée, et c'est impuissante qu'elle assiste au rapprochement de Jake et de Kate sous son propre toit. La confrontation est inévitable...
Mais qui dit vrai dans cet étrange trio ? Qui est vraiment Marisa ? La rencontre avec Kate était-elle si fortuite ? Et où se situe Jake entre ces deux femmes ? Alors que l'arrivée du bébé est imminente, les passions s'exacerbent et la maison va devenir le théâtre d'un affrontement aussi terrible qu'inattendu.