Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day (born 10 November 1978) is an English novelist, journalist, and broadcaster. Day was a feature writer for The Observer from 2007 to 2016 and has written four novels

The daughter of Tom Day and his wife Christine, Day was born in the south of England, but raised in Northern Ireland, when her father became a general surgeon at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. Interested in being a writer from the age of seven, she realized journalism was a preparation for her long-term goal and was a columnist for the Derry Journal at the age of 12. Day was educated at Malvern St James Girls School in Worcestershire, and read History at Queens’ College, Cambridge, gaining a double first in History.

After her graduation, Day worked for the Evening Standard on the Londoners’ Diary[ for a year before becoming a news reporter on The Sunday Telegraph, initially on a three-month trial.[ While working for the Telegraph, Day won the Young Journalist of the Year Award at the British Press Awards in 2004. Subsequently, Day wrote for Elle and The Mail on Sunday.

From 2007 until 25 March 2016, Day was a feature writer for The Observer. In the UK Press Awards for journalism published during 2012, an event organized by the Society of Editors, Day gained a commendation in the “Feature Writer of the Year (Broadsheet)” category.

Day’s regular podcast “How to Fail”, launched in 2018, led to a non-fiction book How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned from Things Going Wrong which was published in 2019. Katie Glass in The Sunday Times considered it “a fascinating, thoughtful, honest, often moving series of interviews with successful people about the moments when their lives went wrong.”

Books in order of publication:

  • Scissors Paper Stone (2012)
  • Home Fires (2013)
  • Paradise City (2015)
  • The Party (2017)
  • Failosophy (2020)
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