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How To Fail with Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things in life that haven’t gone right and what we might learn from them along the way. Every week, Elizabeth’s guest explores three failures, and what these failures have taught them about how to grow and succeed, better. We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with Elizabeth to share your failures, problems or questions - anonymously or otherwise. She'll go through these each week with the help of her very special guests. And remember: a fail shared is a fail halved. https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/how-to-fail-uk-2023/ An Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Original Production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow @sonypodcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastsales@sonymusic.com

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day Failing With Friends

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 8.6K Ratings

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How To Fail with Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things in life that haven’t gone right and what we might learn from them along the way. Every week, Elizabeth’s guest explores three failures, and what these failures have taught them about how to grow and succeed, better. We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with Elizabeth to share your failures, problems or questions - anonymously or otherwise. She'll go through these each week with the help of her very special guests. And remember: a fail shared is a fail halved. https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/how-to-fail-uk-2023/ An Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Original Production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow @sonypodcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastsales@sonymusic.com

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    Complicated friendships, property ladder panic and dating in your 30s

    Complicated friendships, property ladder panic and dating in your 30s

    Angel has had a tough time over the last year, but is great at offering advice. Listener questions this week include: what to do if you struggle in group settings, the challenge of getting on the property ladder, a fear of academic failure, and that age-old chestnut: dating in your 30s.

    As ever, I’m so thankful to you for taking the time to write in and please keep them coming. I love hearing from you and my guests are often surprised at how good they are at giving advice!

    Do you have something to share of your own? Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com

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    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly
    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs
    Producer: Hannah Talbot
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini

    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.
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    Angel Strawbridge - No Regrets

    Angel Strawbridge - No Regrets

    You will probably know Angel Strawbridge from Escape to the Chateau, the hugely popular TV show she fronted with her husband, Dick. You might also recognise her from her trademark vintage style, bestselling books and bright red hair.

    Escape to the Chateau, which followed the Strawbridges as they renovated a dilapidated French castle with no water, no electricity or heating (with two young children in tow) ran for nine seasons before coming to an end in 2022. Shortly afterwards, an audio recording of Angel speaking angrily to an unknown man was leaked. It made headline news - this is the first time Angel has ever spoken publicly about her so-called ‘explicit rant’. Today, she gives her side of the story. I’m grateful for her honesty and her willingness to discuss everything that happened. 

    Angel’s other failures include her struggles with dyslexia at school and taking time to find true love (but - spoiler alert - it was worth the wait).



    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more. 



    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com



    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly  

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile



    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.  

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

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    • 41 min
    Dating advice, professional bullsh**ers and some of the best writing advice you’ll ever hear.

    Dating advice, professional bullsh**ers and some of the best writing advice you’ll ever hear.

    Sir Salman Rushdie moved to a new country on his own as a teenager, won a Booker prize, has been married 5 times and has narrowly escaped death. Turns out he’s a brilliant Agony Uncle. He gives us his magic hack for writers who are stuck; explains why even the most celebrated novels are imperfect and why the film industry is full of it.

    As ever, I’m so thankful to you for taking the time to write in and please keep them coming. I love hearing from you and my guests are often surprised at how good they are at giving advice!

    Do you have something to share of your own? Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com

    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly
    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs
    Senior Producer: Selina Ream
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini

    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.
    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts
    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com
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    Salman Rushdie - ‘I’d rather have had a different life’

    Salman Rushdie - ‘I’d rather have had a different life’

    TW: this episode contains graphic descriptions of violence and injuries. 

    Two years ago, Sir Salman Rushdie, one of the most celebrated and famous authors in the world was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, when a figure dressed in black clothes and a mask rushed onto stage and stabbed him numerous times. He nearly died. 



    Today, I’m so honoured that this extraordinary man joins me to talk about what this experience taught him - and how the forces of love ultimately triumphed over the forces of hatred. We talk about his new book, Knife: Meditations on an Attempted Murder, as well as his early failures at boarding school where he was bullied for being a foreigner who was too clever and bad at games. Plus his failure to be an actor and his early writing rejections. There is some amazing advice in here for anyone involved in the act of creativity about leaning into the messy imperfections and getting to understand who you really are in the process. And…what Margaret Thatcher was *really* like.



    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more. 



    Knife by Salman Rushdie is available to buy now. 

    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com



    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly  

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Senior Producer: Selina Ream

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile



    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.  

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

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    • 55 min
    How to stand up for yourself, avoid social media pressure and ignore the pressure to drink

    How to stand up for yourself, avoid social media pressure and ignore the pressure to drink

    Louise Thompson has been to hell and back, so is perhaps the best person to give advice on how to live life - having almost had hers taken away from her. Listener questions this week include: a failure to stand up for yourself, avoiding fomo on social media, and how to get around the societal pressure to drink alcohol.
    As ever, I’m so thankful to you for taking the time to write in and please keep them coming. I love hearing from you and my guests are often surprised at how good they are at giving advice!
    Do you have something to share of your own? Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com

    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly
    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs
    Producer: Hannah Talbot
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini

    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.
    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts
    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com
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    Louise Thompson - ‘I asked myself: Am I alive?’

    Louise Thompson - ‘I asked myself: Am I alive?’

    TW: this episode contains graphic descriptions of birth trauma and PTSD.

    You might know Louise Thompson as the former Made in Chelsea star. Or the fitness influencer who launched two businesses and graced the cover of Women’s Health magazine twice. But when she gave birth to her son Leo, all that changed. She experienced a series of life-threatening haemorrhages before ending up in Intensive Care, absolutely convinced she was going to die. Since then, she has suffered PTSD, panic attacks and countless further complications, resulting in being fitted with a stoma in January this year.

    And yet she has managed to turn her pain into something deeply inspiring. Her story is extraordinary - harrowing, yes, but also uplifting and always unfailingly honest. She talks about her failure to get a ‘proper job’ (one for Made in Chelsea fans…), her failure to advocate for herself during a traumatic birth and the difficult experience of her body failing her in the most painful ways. I’m truly honoured that she has chosen to come on How to Fail to share her story.



    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more.

    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com



    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile



    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8.6K Ratings

8.6K Ratings

ALMKell ,

Queen Elizabeth

Absolutely fabulous quality pod with consistently eclectic and interesting guests. Day manages to ensure you feel like a pal eavesdropping on an intimate conversation. This fellow Derry girl highly recommends!

annie who listens ,

Proud to Fail

Elizabeth is probably the best interviewer there is. Others could learn from her - knowing when to ask and when to listen. That is, letting the interviewee speak. This podcast makes me feel better about having failed in my life and is so refreshing. But to feature a fake like Katie Price… 🤮

RosemaryFI ,

Love

Love the podcast and Elizabeth. The sweaty Betty as is very annoying. I don’t want to be told to wear shorts, I want tops that are not cropped please, I would like freedom to choose style.

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