Failure is everywhere. A fact of life, it defines our very existence – enough so that individuals often give TED talks about the very subject.
However, it has become almost akin to a cultural pitstop – with podcasts, books, even courses dedicated to learning about failure.
Journalist Elizabeth Day is now (almost) infamous for her podcast, How To Fail.
Beginning in July 2018, the premise is to celebrate the things that haven’t gone right – complete with guests such as Phoebe Waller Bridge, Adam Pearson, and Dolly Alderton.
This has since spawned niche of live events, as well as a spin-off book – with another on its way later this year.
But what are the best books about failure? You should consider this to be the digital table of recommendations you’d find in your local bookshop – as this was the case for yours truly.
We have rounded up the best selection of books that deal with the topic of failure – indirectly or directly – while staying clear of anything that brands itself as “self help”.
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